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Thursday, June 08, 2017, 18:16
World's oldest human species' fossils found in Morocco
By Xinhua
Thursday, June 08, 2017, 18:16 By Xinhua

The undated artist rendering provided by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology shows two views of a composite reconstruction of the earliest known Homo sapiens fossils from Jebel Irhoud (Morocco) based on micro computed tomographic scans of multiple original fossils. (Philipp Gunz/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology via AP)

RABAT - A team of international scientists has found the world's oldest human species' fossil near the southern Moroccan city of Youssoufia, the Moroccan national Institute of Sciences of Archaeology and Heritage announced in a statement on Wednesday.

The institute said the remains of the Homo sapiens, which were found in a remote village called Jbel Irhoud, date back to over 300,000 years ago.

The remains push back human species' origins by 100,000 years, and suggest humans didn't evolve only in East Africa, it added.

According to Nature magazine, the finds do not mean that Homo sapiens originated in North Africa. Instead, they suggest that the species' earliest members evolved all across the continent, scientists say.

In the 1960s, fossils dating back to the Middle Stone Age were discovered.

The March 16, 2007 photo provided by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology shows Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin on first seeing the new finds at the Jebel Irhoud site in Morocco where the oldest known fossils of human species have been unearthed. (Shannon McPherron/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology via AP)

The March 2, 2007 photo provided by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology shows excavators working on the remaining deposits the Jebel Irhoud site in Morocco where the oldest known fossils of human species have been unearthed, revealing an early evolutionary step toward developing the fully modern human body. (Shannon McPherron/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology via AP)

The Oct. 15, 2009 photo provided by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology shows the Jebel Irhoud site in Morocco where the oldest known fossils of human species have been unearthed, revealing an early evolutionary step toward developing the fully modern human body. (Shannon McPherron/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology via AP)


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