World's Oldest Homo Sapiens Fossils ... from Marakesh
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What is more interesting is the dating. 100.000 years older for Homo sapiens 1.0. HS 2.0 remains for the moment at 60.000 years before our era.
The current report shows people who look like us in a new place in Africa earlier than we've seen before. Were they dwelling there for long? Did they walk there from elsewhere? Where? How does this relate to other findings? It's very interesting, but I see nothing revolutionary here.
I find paleontology a fascinating parallel to the field I was trained in—classical history, as they both raise questions of how to deal with very scarce evidence, shaped by the conditions that preserve it, etc.
But yes, and while I don't know a great deal about the study of classical history, when you have limited evidence as in paleoanthropology, the creativity of the human mind -- and maybe the dislike of uncertainty -- tends to generate stories to make sense of what isn't settled. It requires restraint and discipline to keep clear what you know and what makes for a good story.
That, and The Telegraph needs copy editors who can tell "are" from "our".