In 1961, a team of workers was digging into a thick limestone wall when they felt they punched some soft spot. They apparently have discovered the now famous Moroccan human skulls. And researchers say they could rewrite whole humankind history!
History preaches about our species all the time: When we emerged, how we emerged, who were our ancestors. At the end, the dominant opinion lectures we appeared around 200,000 years ago in the sub-Saharan Africa region.
However, the new evidence the researchers mentioned in the journal Nature could drop this mainstream theory. The authors elaborate the newly found remains could rewrite the human history. Presumably, the initial results indicate we developed 100,000 years earlier than we thought and in a place we didn’t explore.
If the further analysis goes as we think it would, the Morrocan human skulls would represent strong evidence early members of H. sapiens existed beyond sub-Saharan Africa.
The miners dug up a little more after they found the suspicious spot and found a solidly preserved skull. They immediately gave it to their field doctor.
At the time, scientists estimated the fossils are around 40,000 years old, a few thousand years before the Neanderthals disappeared. However, they didn’t explore enough.
40 years later, anthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin teamed up with researchers from the Max Planck Institute. Together, they shoveled layers of soil under the land where the skull and arm fragments were previously exposed. The team apparently found remains which corresponded to at least five people. Furthermore, they uncovered flint knives, burned probably by cooking fire.
Hublin and his team measured how much radiation had established the heated flint with the help of a technique. They said the remains belonged to people who lived approximately 300,000 to 350,000 years ago.
Still, the biggest discovery didn’t unveil until the team didn’t take a closer look at the skulls.
The large eye sockets of one of the skulls left Hublin with his mouth open.
Rather than vigorous characteristics he usually saw at remains of ancient humans, this face carried an amazing resemblance to his own.
“The face of these people is really a face that falls right in the middle of the modern variation,” said Hublin. “They had a skull that is more elongated than most of us, but I’m not sure these people would stand out from a crowd today.”
While the ancient skulls had a single brow backbone, these individuals had smaller, separated ones. Also, instead of a large face and a flattened skull, these individuals had small faces and rounder skulls.
“They had a skull that is more elongated than most of us, but I’m not sure these people would stand out from a crowd today,” said the researchers.
Their braincase was also peculiar and not corresponding with the one of a traditional ancient human.
This single combination of advanced and archaic hallmarks implies something great said Hublin. He believes the Moroccan human skulls represent the source of our species.
This means all the Homo sapiens remains found in the world, including the ones found in Africa, could origin from Morocco.
This idea clearly opposes the general theory that our species developed somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa and then moved out to other areas. Rather, Hublin and his team debate that humankind could have been living in territory beyond Africa.