There’s a skull fragment that was found in Greece, and which has inspired some hypothesis about the first arrival of our species. People are intrigued and skeptic about how the Homo sapiens got from Africa to Europe.
Scientists say that the fossilized skull, which was found in the late 1970s in a cave in Greece (and now put in a museum) belonged to an individual with modern features. It has been said that the individual lived about 210,000 years ago. If this is actually true, this would be the earliest example of Homo Sapiens ever to be discovered outside Africa. The data also shows about 160,000 years the age of any Homo sapiens fossil that was previously found in Europe.
This claim was published in the journal Nature, and it comes from a very respected team of researchers. However, many tend to reject it. Disagreement is something usual in this field, especially when it comes to human remains. And fossils are rare and quite difficult to date. Human prehistory is more of a narrative in most cases.
The skulls were not of the same age
This new study focused on the damaged remains of two individual skulls. They were named Apidima 1 and Apidima 2, and they were found near one another in a crevice. At first, the team assumed that the skulls were of about the same age since they were seen together. However, they used technology to find out that the individuals came from different eras. Apidima 1 is about 210,000 years old, and Apidima 2 is around 170,000 years old.
These dates came with a shocking plot twist to the idea of early humans in Europe. The scientists say that they used many methods to see what the skull would have looked like before being shattered.
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