Researchers found the remains of what’s believed the oldest known human being in a cave, South of Haifa, Israel, according to Reuters.
The unearthed jawbone was found in an abandoned collapsed cave, with seven teeth bearing to it. It’s estimated that the fossil is 77,000 to 194,000 years old.
The jaw is detected to belong to an identified sex adult, it was found alongside remains of burned animals.
The upper jaw is believed to belong to homo sapiens, and its the first unearthed fossil of homo sapiens to be found outside Africa.
Homo sapiens firstly appeared in Africa, with a found fossil that is 300,000 year old.
The unearthed jaw, is the second human remains found outside Africa. The first one was also found in Israel, in Mount Carmel, aged from 90,000 to 120,000 years old.
The new discovery supports the theory that early human immigrated from Africa to Asia.
“This is an exciting discovery that confirms other suggestions of an earlier migration out of Africa,” paleoanthropologist Rolf Quam of Binghamton University in New York, and a co-author of the study published in the journal Science told Reuters.
“Now we finally have fossil evidence of this migration, in addition to inferences drawn from ancient DNA studies and archaeological sites,” Quam concluded.