In a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, a team led by Huw Groucutt and Michael D. Petraglia and including DTP student Richard Clark-Wilson, has made headlines around the world for their discovery of an 88,000 year old fossilised finger bone from a lake site in Saudi Arabia, challenging the idea that humans did not leave Africa until 60,000 years ago.
The story has been covered by New Scientist, National Geographic, BBC News, The Guardian, and CNN, among others. Lead author Huw Groucutt has also written a summary of the find for The Conversation.
Read the full paper: Huw S. Groucutt, Rainer Grün, Iyad A. S. Zalmout, Nick A. Drake, Simon J. Armitage, Ian Candy, Richard Clark-Wilson, Julien Louys, Paul S. Breeze, Mathieu Duval, Laura T. Buck, Tracy L. Kivell, Emma Pomeroy, Nicholas B. Stephens, Jay T. Stock, Mathew Stewart, Gilbert J. Price, Leslie Kinsley, Wing Wai Sung, Abdullah Alsharekh, Abdulaziz Al-Omari, Muhammad Zahir, Abdullah M. Memesh, Ammar J. Abdulshakoor, Abdu M. Al-Masari, Ahmed A. Bahameem, Khaled M. S. Al Murayyi, Badr Zahrani, Eleanor L. M. Scerri & Michael D. Petraglia (2018) Homo sapiens in Arabia by 85,000 years ago. Nature Ecology & Evolution Doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0518-2.