Modern humans just got 100,000 years older

The fossil remains — including teeth, skulls, and long bones —  of at least five individuals have been uncovered at Jebel Irhoud in Morocco, pushing back the age of the first Homo sapiens by 100,000 years, according to a study published in the journal Nature. An international team of archeologists dated the fossil remains to around 300,000 years ago, and point toward important changes in our biology and behaviour that took place across most of Africa. Until now, the oldest dated Homo sapiens fossils were from a site at Omo Kibish in Ethiopia, and were dated to 195,000 years ago. To find out more go to The age of the hominin fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, and the origins of the Middle Stone Age.