Credit: Israel Hershkovitz Tel Aviv University AdvertisementOf all the Human species that have ever lived, only one, Homo sapiens, conquered the entire planet .
In a paper published in the January 26 Science, researchers report on a Fossil from a cave in Israel they say pushes the earliest known occurrence of our species outside of Africa back by tens of thousands of years.
Moreover, researchers studying DNA recovered from fossils have shown that as H. sapiens entered new lands it did in fact interbreed with archaic human species it encountered, including Neandertals and the mysterious Denisovans.
When they compared the anatomical details of the Misliya specimen with those of fossils belonging to modern humans and their relatives, the jawbone grouped most closely with H. sapiens.
Still, Bailey says, the available evidence (such as it is) does suggest the Misliya jaw came from a H. sapiens individual, which meshes well with the recent discoveries from Morocco that push back the origin of our species.
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