A team of Chinese and Spanish researchers say that at least 80,000 years ago there were Homo sapiens, with a completely modern appearance, already living in Asia. This assertion is based on the thorough analysis carried out on 47 teeth which belonged to at least 13 individuals.
The newspaper El Mundo reports that the teeth were recovered in the Fuyan Cave, located in the south of China, in Daoxian . The study was presented in the journal Nature and shows that modern humans lived in Asia long before they arrived in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean: between 30,000 to 70,000 years before, in fact.
“The Daoxian teeth are the earliest evidence of modern humans out of Africa that we have today ,” Maria Martinon-Torres , a researcher at the University College London , member of the research team at Atapuerca since 1998 and co-author of the study, told El Mundo . She also said:
“The majority of the scientific community has supported the hypothesis that modern humans left Africa only around 50,000 years ago, which is known as the “Recent Out of Africa” hypothesis. Other previous evidence on the possibility of Homo sapiens in Asia before 50,000 years ago has not been accepted unanimously, either because it could not be ascertained that they were part of our species or because their stratigraphic context, i.e. exact origin and dating, creating doubts. With our study of the Daoxian remains we have broken the quarantine to which these assumptions were subject .”
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