Modern humans emerged about 300,000 years ago in Africa.

But anthropologists have found a 210,000-year-old Homo sapien skull in a Greek cave: the oldest modern human ever found in Eurasia.

The discovery indicates that some humans left Africa far earlier than researchers previously thought and spread far wider.

A study published today in the journal Nature revealed that the skull, which was originally discovered in Greece in the 1970s, belonged to a member of an early population of Homo sapiens and is about 210,000 years old.

It predates what researchers previously considered to be the earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Europe by more than 160,000 years.

A tale of 2 skulls

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