April 13, 2018

The Al Wusta-1 (AW-1) fossil (Image courtesy Ian Cartwright. All rights reserved)

An article published in the journal “Nature Ecology and Evolution” describes the discovery of a fossil finger that belonged to a modern human dating back to about 90,000 years ago in Saudi Arabia. A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, made that discovery during an archaeological excavation at the site called Al Wusta in the Nefud desert. The modern human bone discovered is the oldest found so far out of Africa and the Levant.