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SCI/TECH: Oldest humans now seen even older

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posted on Feb, 17 2005 @ 09:59 AM
Skulls that were found 40 years ago are causing scientist to rethink how old the Homo sapiens race is.
Previously it was though that the Homo sapiens have started around 165,000 years ago. After examining these skulls, they now believe that Homo sapiens actually started 200,000 years ago, near the very dawn of man.
A new analysis of bones unearthed nearly 40 years ago in Ethiopia has pushed the fossil record of modern humans back to nearly 200,000 years ago — perhaps close to the dawn of the species.
Researchers determined that the specimens are around 195,000 years old. Previously, the oldest known fossils of Homo sapiens were Ethiopian skulls dated to about 160,000 years ago.

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We are learning more and more every year that Man as we know it, is actually older than was previously thought.
When I was in High School 20 years ago, we were taught that the Homo sapiens race only arose around 75,000 years ago. Now we are tripling that assumption.
DNA studies have indicated that the race was older than what fossil records were indicating, now though both lines of study are more in line.
I wonder what the scientific community will be saying the age of the race will be in another 20 years. Will they push it back even further as many people believe

[edit on 17-2-2005 by kenshiro2012]

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:01 AM
This fits with the announcement in December by Maciej Hanneberg of the University of Adelaide that all of the 200 allegedly pre-human fossil skeletons in collections around the world fall within the standard distribution for height, assumed weight, and skull size for modern humans.

In other words, there's no missing link because there is nothing to link to. No Australopithecus, no Neanderthal--they're all just misidentified homo sapiens.

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