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Modern Humans older than previously thought


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This does push back the age that can confidently be attributed to homo sapiens, although there are other finds that are now being dated as even older than this, to about 300,000 years ago. It's a blurry picture, because it seems likely that there was quite a bit of inbreeding with neanderthals, on various occasions. 

This site in Morocco, Jebel Irhoud, seems to be even older, but dating and classification are maybe not as certain as the Omo site. The remains are classified as homo sapiens, but there looks to be some neanderthal element, in the tools and some features. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jebel_Irhoud  

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14 minutes ago, Danijel Gorupec said:

What an uneasy thought, considering that it seems to me the homo sapiens was moslty on the receiving end of this 'interbreeding' process.

I've personally never been able to understand what women see in men, but the other way round, it's any port in a storm.

(And yes, I mistyped interbreeding. I do know the difference, until I'm typing it. )

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1 hour ago, mistermack said:

(And yes, I mistyped interbreeding. I do know the difference, until I'm typing it. )

Neanderthals did indulge in some inbreeding though. That's probably bound to happen when the girl next-door lives, eg, 100 miles NE.

3 hours ago, J.C.MacSwell said:

If, say, we had 100% knowledge of our lineage/lineages, how arbitrary would the point we define as Modern Humans be?

Maybe a better way of stating it would be "what is our current definition?".

My picture of human evolution is getting closer and closer to a turbulent river with thousands and thousands of eddies, and rivulets of genetic flow diverting off course and rejoining the main stream later, or getting lost forever. When I look at the crania of these humans in Jebel Irhoud... The experts say it's modern human, though they look so neandertalish. I don't know what modern humans are anymore.

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