The first human migration from Africa was more widespread than scientists thought

A fossilized finger bone of an early human discovered in Saudi Arabia’s Nefud desert is challenging long-held views about human migration out of Africa.

The bone dates back to 88,000 years ago and suggests that the migration of homo sapiens out of Africa was more widespread and successful than initially believed compared to previous studies which concluded that migration was “limited to Levantine Mediterranean woodlands immediately adjacent to Africa.”

Huw Groucutt, lead author of the...

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