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Oldest Members of Homo sapiens Discovered in Africa

Science  13 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5626, pp. 1641
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5626.1641

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Three partial skulls from Ethiopia are putting a face on the earliest modern humans. These ancestors were African, with big brains, robust features, and a taste for hippopotamus and buffalo meat. Dated to 154,000 to 160,000 years ago, the skulls are the first strong fossil evidence that modern humans originated in Africa.