PALAEOANTHROPOLOGY

Joining the dots

An 85,000-year-old Homo sapiens finger bone in Saudi Arabia is the oldest directly dated fossil for our species outside Africa and the Levant. This suggests a more prolonged human expansion out of Africa, and along a different route, than previously thought.

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Fig. 1: Map of the study area showing the two routes of dispersal and the archaeological sites.

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Henry, D.O. Joining the dots. Nat Ecol Evol 2, 767–768 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0539-x

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