It is the second bone in from the fingertip, but it's not clear which finger. "That night back at the hotel, we were Googling 'human finger bone" and, yeah, it looked like our species".
They were able to date the bone directly, using precise techniques that rely on the decay of radioactive uranium. Their hunch paid off 2 years later, when study co-author and paleontologist Iyad Zalmout of the Saudi Geological Survey in Jeddah found a small bone stuck in the sediment.
For years, archaeologists assumed early humans migrated out of Africa in a straightforward path with several stops along the way.
It is the oldest fossil belonging to homo sapien found outside of Africa and the Levant (a historical region encompassing what is now Syria), and the first ancient human fossil discovered in Saudi Arabia. It shows that our ancestors progressed beyond the Levant "bottleneck" much earlier than thought, creating a new staging post in Saudi Arabia from which they could push on into the rest of Asia.
Researchers say that this shows that human migration wasn't just restricted to the Levant, which had forest environment, changing the view that attempts to move away from the Levant were unsuccessful.
People may have settled Arabia at this early date because it was an appealing place to live.
During the time when the finger fossil owner was still alive, the Al Wusta site was a freshwater lake in an ancient grassland environment. Numerous animal fossils, including those of hippopotamus and tiny fresh water snails were found at Al Wusta, as well as abundant stone tools made by humans.
This begins a debate as to whether there was a possible second migration route through the Red Sea into Arabia.
"But now, with the fossil finger bone from the site of Al Wusta in Saudi Arabia, we have a find that's 85,000 to 90,000 years old, which suggests that Homo sapiens is moving out of Africa far earlier than 60,000 years ago", Petraglia told reporters at a news conference. If the findings hold up, she says, they fit nicely with other lines of evidence pointing to multiple out-of-Africa migrations.
But the package wasn't almost as much as educators demanded , so major school districts shuttered and the walkout ensued. The Legislature approved $2.9 billion for public schools, an increase of almost 20 percent over last year's spending.
Anyone who really knows me knows that I'm not exactly a huge fan of the rap/hip-hop genre. "Anything can be done in good taste". The iconic label has celebrated Cardi B on landing gold status for her long-awaited Invasion of Privacy album.
Speaking before a Cabinet meeting at the White House Monday, President Trump said the meeting will happen in May or June. According to multiple reports over the weekend, Kim Jong Un has agreed to discuss denuclearization at the meeting.
The 20 percent figure is significant, because it is more than enough to quickly reach the threshold for a nuclear weapon. In January, Trump announced he is waiving the USA sanctions against Iran for the "last time".
John Isner of the United States celebrates his victory over Joris de Loore of Belgium after the first match at the Davis Cup. Germany then took a 2-1 lead when Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff won the doubles rubber against Feliciano and Marc Lopez.
The event typically features a comedian who roasts the president and his team and then the top executive returns it to the press. According to the WHCA, the president will also "actively encourage" administration officials to attend.
Adreian Payne and Keith Appling, members of that 2015 team, were among the names that surfaced in the ESPN report . The room then went dark and she was allegedly thrown face down on the bed and held in place, unable to move.
Ronaldo was able to score a goal per game in the most elite competition in football for nearly a decade to make this record. I believe that he'll bring a great deal to the team at particular times, but I've got to make the decisions.
The Zelaya siblings, from El Salvador, huddle together, part of a caravan of Central American migrants traveling in Mexico. Organizer Irineo Mujica said, "We will try to find a better way of doing our caravans" in coming years.
Zuckerberg will testify before a joint session of two Senate committees on Tuesday and before a House panel on Wednesday. The company that developed a personality quiz app, Cambridge Analytica, is at the centre of the scandal.
Trump condemned the "heinous attack " in Syria and said "Nothing is off the table" when it comes to the USA response. Footage shows images of dead bodies with foam visible on their noses and mouths - a clear sign of a chemical attack.
Typical uncompassionate response from president Donald Trump when a fire killed a resident in Trump Tower in Manhattan. A firefighter looks out from the window of a fire damaged apartment in Trump Tower in NY on Saturday, April 7, 2018 .
The Undertaker Returns to WresleMania, Defeats John Cena
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Border states pledge 1600 troops for Trump's border fight
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Mueller Probing Ukrainian Billionaire's Payment To Trump Charity
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High turnout in Hungary leads to election delays
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Weightlifting: Amid gold flurry, Vikas settles for bronze
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Man City team bus attack: Police ask for footage
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Pogba Powers United to a Thrilling Win Over City
After the full-time whistle, Pogba exchanged a few words with Guardiola then headed straight to United's traveling contingent. Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-2 yesterday with Pogba inspiring a stunning second half fightback.
Impressive Blitzboks unbeaten in Hong Kong
South Africa beat New Zealand 29-7 to take the bronze medal, while Argentina edged U.S. 14-12 to secure fifth. The Pacific island is still reeling from the devastating impact of Cyclone Josie last week.
Javier Hernandez equaliser dents Chelsea's Champions League hopes
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