Feeling old? DNA supports an early evolution of our species
September 29, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — A study of DNA from African fossils is providing new evidence that our species is a lot older than scientists had shown.
It concludes Homo sapiens had appeared by at least 260,000 to 350,000 years ago. That fits with a fossil finding in Morocco that was reported in June, which suggested our species had emerged by around 300,000 years ago.
Previously, the oldest known fossils clearly from our species were a bit less than 200,000 years old, from Ethiopia.
For the new work, scientists studied DNA extracted from human remains found in South Africa. The fossils came from three...