Photo: 160,000-Year-Old Child Suggests Modern Humans Got Early Start



A 160,000-year-old jawbone from an early Homo sapiens juvenile found in North Africa may help push back the advent of modern humans. A study of the fossil teeth suggests that the child grew at a pace similar to that of modern Homo sapiens, which would make him or her the earliest known human with a long childhood.

Photograph courtesy PNAS


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