Best of 2018: The Oldest Modern Finger In the Middle East


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.

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