The discovery that changes the history of «Homo sapiens»

Since my university studies in the field of semiology, I was always interested and too impressed by archaeological discoveries since the 19th century. The world has changed too much through the efforts of scientists, or rather, it is our world view that has changed. we have spent centuries and centuries trying to understand the life around us through religions, but today it has turned out that truths are elsewhere.

We have become accustomed to thinking that the cradle of modern humanity may have been located in East Africa 200,000 years ago, But the latest work of 2017 clearly demonstrates that Homo sapiens was probably already present on the entire African continent 300,000 years ago.

K. FAKHAR shooting in Irhoud for “Inside Africa” – Producer: Reda FAKHAR – 2017

An international team led by Professor Jean-Jacques Hublin of the Max-Planck Institute of Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) and the « Collège de France » (Chair of Paleoanthropology) and Professor Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer of the National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage (INSAP, Rabat, Morocco), they discovered In 2017 remains of primitive Homo sapiens associated with stone tools and remains of faunas in Jjebel Irhoud.

The dating of human fossils from the Irhoud site in northwestern Morocco, exactly 315,000 years old, has allowed the origins of the human species to be set back by nearly 100,000 years, moving its origin so far located in East and South Africa, but also to question theories about its dispersion in Africa. I had the chance to make reports for the American channel CNN, the story was impressive for me, it was about this great discovery of Irhoud’s man (see links to the CNN website). 

As Professor Jean-Jacques Hublin explains, « The faces of the men of jjebel Irhoud are indeed those of men who could be seen in the streets today. But we cannot conclude that they are modern men. They differ with us in terms of their brain, its structure, its organisation and probably its connectivity.’ This discovery has also demonstrated, says Professor Ben Ncer, that “the Maghreb region had close relations with the rest of Africa at the time of the emergence of the primitive Homo Sapiens.”

By: Khalid FAKHAR (Leo) 
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