Scientists have discovered a 55,000 years old skull in the Middle East, which is significant in proving the migration theories of ancient Africans to Europe. It is believed that it was almost 55,000 years ago that ancient people left their homeland, the Middle East, to travel to Europe. The finding, partial skull that was discovered in an Israeli cave, seems to document their journey. Scientists see it as an important evidence of the evolutionary theories.
According to Tel Aviv University’s Israel Hershkovitz, the partial skull fits in the period that is explained in evolutionary theories as the time when migrants inhabited the area. He also emphasized that the details of the anatomy of the skull resemble the ancient skulls that were earlier discovered in Europe. The migrants are referred to as modern humans because of their anatomy. The details of discovery, carried out by Hershkovitz and his team, were published in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
The discovered skull is, however, only partial, lacking the facial features and its base. It was found in northern Israel’s Galilee region, in the Manot Cave. Nevertheless, this is an important piece of evidence because until now, the only evidences supporting the theories were some tools that were discovered long ago. There was no evidence of the humans- the most important part of the journey. Even scientists who were not associated with the research were impressed with the finding, including Eric Delson, who is associated with New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
Delson said that although scientists always expected to discover fossils of humans of that era, they never did, until now. He said that studies to date have tried to fit in everything, but only theoretically. He also emphasized that the finding fits extremely well into the theories, which in itself is a very big achievement.