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Were 'Little People' the First to Venture Out of Africa?

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Science  05 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5578, pp. 26-27
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5578.26

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On page 85 of this issue, a team reports the discovery of a 1.75-million-year-old skull that is the smallest and most primitive ever found outside Africa. Along with two equally ancient skulls reported 2 years ago, researchers say, the fossils appear to bury the notion that big brains spurred our first exodus from Africa, and they raise questions about the identity of the first long-distance traveler.