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Ethiopian skulls confirmed as humankind's oldest relics Two skulls dug up in Ethiopia in 1967 have been confirmed as the oldest known examples of our species in a new analysis, a report published in the Feb. 17 issue of the scientific magazine Nature said.

The age of the two fossils, named Omo I and Omo II after the region in Ethiopia where they were found, have since they were unearthed been a source of disagreement among experts, as the features of Omo I are distinctly more modern than those of Omo II, said Nature.

But a team of researchers from Australia and the U.S., which carried out a dating of the rocks where the skulls were found, has established that not only are they the same age, they are also the oldest known relics of humankind, approximately 195,000 years old. That is when modern humans are thought to have emerged.





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