It has long been believed that modern humans emerged from the continent of Africa 200,000 years ago. Now Tel Aviv University archaeologists have uncovered evidence that Homo sapiens roamed the land now called Israel as early as 400,000 years ago – the earliest evidence for the existence of modern humans anywhere in the world.
The findings were discovered in the Qesem Cave, a pre-historic site located near Rosh Ha’ayin that was first excavated in 2000. Scientists performed a morphological analysis on eight human teeth found in the Qesem Cave. According to researchers, the discoveries made in the Qesem Cave may overturn the theory that modern humans originated on the continent of Africa.
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