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Oldest bones in modern human found in southeast Asia

January 03, 2013

Oldest bones in modern human found in southeast Asia

Researchers discover oldest example of modern human fossil in Southeast Asia.

A University of Illinois professor has reportedly found a skull that is the oldest human fossil ever discovered in Southeast Asia. Research teams led by anthropology professor Laura Shackelford and Fabrice Demeter, of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, found the skull in a cave in the Annamite Mountains in Laos.

The skull has been estimated to be between 46,000 and 63,000 years old. This has led the researchers to believe that humans arrived in Laos some 20,000 years earlier than perviously thought. This would mean that humans left Africa much earlier in history than other records have indicated.

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