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1.5-million-year-old fossil casts doubt on African origin theory

According to the official version, the cradlehumanity is Africa. It is on this continent that the fossils of the first humans, such as Homo Naledi, are found. In addition, about 270 thousand years ago, modern people appeared here. However, the latest study of the vertebrae of one of the extinct human species aged one and a half million years may cast doubt on the theory of the African origin of people. It states that humans began migrating to Eurasia millions of years ago, that is, long before the advent of Homo Sapiens. This means that Homo sapiens could have evolved not only in Africa, but also on any other continent. Moreover, there is other evidence that people began to populate other continents in the early Pleistocene.

Homo sapiens could appear not only in Africa, but also on any other continent

People lived in Israel one and a half million years ago

In 2013, Science magazine publishedan article describing a skull fossil of an ancient man found in Georgia. Her age was 1.8 million years. That is, the first ancient people migrated to Eurasia at least 1.8 million years ago. At the same time, scientists did not have a consensus on how the resettlement took place, that is, it was one-time or migration occurred periodically. The latest study, published recently in the journal Scientific Reports, speaks in favor of the second version, that is, the resettlement most likely occurred multiple times.

Ubeidi - the place where a 1.5 million-year-old human bone was found

Vertebral bone found in Ubeidiya (ValleyJordan River) is an ancient evidence that a million and a half years ago, people already lived on the territory of modern Israel. Ubeidiya is the oldest archaeological site located outside of Africa.

In addition to human remains, there have also been foundfossils of many extinct animal species, including saber-toothed cats, mammoths, etc. A re-examination of the spinal bone, conducted in 2018, showed that it belonged to a hominin, that is, a group that included the closest evolutionary relatives and ancestors of modern humans.

People left Africa gradually

Having studied the size, shape and some other parametersfossils, scientists have concluded that this is a bone from the back of a child between the ages of 6 and 12 years. At the time of his death, his height was 155 centimeters, and his weight was in the range of 45-50 kilograms. That is, the weight was about the same as that of a modern child aged 11 to 15 years. At the same time, he was about a head taller than modern children.

Vertebral bone fossil believed to belong to an ancient human species

Studies of the remains of a hominin found inGeorgia, showed that they were of small stature - adults were no higher than 145-166 cm, and their weight was 40-50 kg. That is, a study by Israeli scientists suggests that the found bone belongs to a different species of hominin. In their opinion, the species they discovered could reach about 2 meters in height, while its weight was about 100 kg.

Archaeologists have also found indirect evidencethat the bones from Georgia and Israel belong to different species. In particular, there are great differences in stone tools. Those tools that were found in Georgia were quite simple, made from one or several flakes of stone. In Ubeidiya, the tools of labor are more complex. In particular, scientists have found axes made from volcanic rocks.

From this we can conclude that people migratedwavy. Moreover, different types of people occupied different territories and made different tools. However, not all scientists are in a hurry to draw conclusions based on this finding.

The tool of labor of ancient people, found in Weydia

Why a hominid from Israel is not credible

Experts have a lot of questions about sizesfossils from Ubeidiya. According to the degree of development, it corresponds to a child of the age of 5 years. However, in size, as mentioned above, it is much larger than the children's bones of hominins and more consistent with Neanderthals or gorillas. However, Neanderthals appeared much later than Ubeidia's hominins.

According to some scientists, if the bonereally belonged to an ancient person, then, most likely, he had some kind of serious illness. Therefore, using it as a representative of the species is very risky. It is all the more difficult to draw conclusions about the gradual wave-like migration of people from Africa.

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But on the other hand, there is no evidencethe fact that there were no people in Eurasia at the beginning of the early Pleistocene, that is, 2 million years ago or even earlier. In addition, in some countries, such as China, Pakistan and some others, there is supposedly evidence of the presence of people in these territories in an even more ancient period.

Scientists are currently excavatingUbeidiya. It is possible that it will be possible to find other fossils that will allow us to draw final conclusions. Finally, let me remind you that last year a new species of man was discovered in Africa.