In DepthHUMAN EVOLUTION

First modern humans in China

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Science  16 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6258, pp. 264
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6258.264

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For decades, anthropologists have tried to trace the patchy trail left by the earliest modern humans out of Africa. But they have been stymied by gaps in the fossil record or unreliable dates, especially in East Asia. Now, Chinese anthropologists report 47 teeth of Homo sapiens from a cave in southern China, dated to 80,000 to 120,000 years ago. If the dating is accurate, the discovery pushes back the appearance of our species in Asia by at least 30,000 years, wiping out a long-standing picture in which modern humans swept out of Africa in a single wave 50,000 to 70,000 years ago. But some question whether the dates are accurate.