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A Glimpse of Humans' First Journey Out of Africa

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Science  12 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5468, pp. 948-950
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5468.948

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TAUTAVEL, FRANCE-- New skulls, dates, and simple stone tools from Georgia reveal traces of people who may have been the first humans to travel outside Africa--a stunning 1.7 million years ago. The discoveries are presented on page 1019 of this issue and were also shown off last month at a meeting convened here to explore new evidence about the first Europeans. It is not at all certain, however, that these early migrants out of Africa were directly ancestral to the first Europeans; rather, many researchers agree that the people represented by these specimens may have been the forebears of the first humans in Asia.