At over 85,000 years old, these bones are the oldest modern human fossils to be found in the Arabian Peninsula. The find was announced in April’s Nature Ecology & Evolution.
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Based on bones from animals, sedimentary deposits and stone tools that were found at the same site, the team that found the finger believes the location was near a year-round body of fresh water, surrounded by an environment that supported game, such as semi-arid grassland. This location would have been ideal for early human hunter-gatherers to spend their lives.