Earliest Human Remains Discovered in Israel: Team

Researchers say 400,000-year-old teeth could rewrite human history
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2010 4:59 AM CST
Dr. Ran Barkai from the Institute of Archeology of Tel Aviv University walks at the archeological site where ancient teeth were discovered near Rosh Haain, central Israel, Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. Israeli...   (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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(Newser) – Modern man may have emerged from Israel, not Africa, as is commonly believed, according to a discovery by Tel Aviv University archaeologists. Researchers believe they found 400,000-year-old Homo sapiens teeth in a cave in central Israel—that's twice as old as the oldest modern human remains currently known, reports AP. "This changes the whole picture of evolution," said one of the researchers.

Not so fast, say other scientists, who emphasize that additional research is needed before re-writing science. Teeth can be unreliable, and skull remains would be more useful, they warn. "Based on the evidence they've cited, it's a very tenuous and, frankly, rather remote possibility," said an expert at Cambridge University.
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