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Still, these bones and teeth closely match those of humans, the scientists say.Indeed, the Jebel Irhoud lower jaw also shares much in common with those of modern humans. Some of those fossils probably came from populations that were ancestors of modern humans.
Another 306 artifacts have been excavated by Hublin’s team.
X-ray scans of fossils from a Moroccan site were used to produce these reconstructions of a skull that some researchers attribute to the earliest known human.
The skull displays a modern-looking face, left, combined with a braincase, right, shaped like those of older, now-extinct Facial traits of the Jebel Irhoud skull and teeth were larger than those of people today.
Moreover, they dated to only around 195,000 years ago.
That doesn’t rule out humans having evolved in East Africa.