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Comment on “The earliest modern humans outside Africa”

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Science  26 Oct 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6413, eaat6598
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6598


Hershkovitz et al. (Reports, 26 January 2018, p. 456) interpreted the Misliya-1 fossil maxilla as evidence of the earliest known anatomically modern human outside Africa. However, the fossil’s reported age of 177,000 to 194,000 years relies on flawed interpretations of uranium-series data. We contend that those data support a minimum age of no more than ~60,000 to 70,000 years.

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