Skull shows early man's epic journey to Asia
Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
It's 46,000 years old – but bears evidence humans were colonists from the start
By Steve Connor
August 21, 2012 - independent.co.uk
Scientists have unearthed the ancient skull of an anatomically-modern human from a jungle cave site in Laos, which they believe is the oldest known skeletal evidence of Homo sapiens in Asia.
The skull has been dated to between 46,000 and 63,000 years old – at least 20,000 years older than the previous oldest fossil remnants of modern man in south-east Asia, suggesting that early humans successfully colonised distant parts of the world relatively soon after leaving Africa.
The partially preserved skull includes the upper part of the brain case as well as jaw bone and teeth, which have the distinct anatomical characteristics of modern Homo sapiens such as high forehead, small brow-ridge and small front teeth, the scientists said.
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