The Al Wusta site in Saudi Arabia is mapped and surveyed on April 9. A lone finger bone unearthed in the desert suggests modern humans had penetrated deep into Arabia already 85,000 years ago, advancing the date of our species' African emigration by millennia. Photo: University of Oxford/Max Planck Institute via AFP

Finger bone found in Saudi Arabia upends story of human migration out of Africa

Recent discoveries poke holes in the theory that modern humans left their home continent about 60,000 years ago and stayed near the coasts as they spread out across the world

Topic |   Archaeology

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The Al Wusta site in Saudi Arabia is mapped and surveyed on April 9. A lone finger bone unearthed in the desert suggests modern humans had penetrated deep into Arabia already 85,000 years ago, advancing the date of our species' African emigration by millennia. Photo: University of Oxford/Max Planck Institute via AFP
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