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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ancient teeth found in China challenge modern human migration theory

(CNN)Scientists in southern China have discovered human teeth dating back at least 80,000 years -- 20,000 years earlier than modern humans were previously believed to have left Africa to migrate around the world.
The 47 teeth were found in a cave in Daoxian, in China's Hunan province, and are the strongest proof yet that modern humans first migrated from Africa to Asia 80,000 to 120,000 years ago, according to a study published in the journal, Nature.
    "This is stunning, it's major league," Michael Petraglia, an archaeologist from the University of Oxford in the UK, who was not involved in the study, told Nature. "It's one of the most important finds coming out of Asia in the last decade."


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