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

(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.

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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.
(Read more Tel Aviv University stories.)

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