They are only fossils, but they have been human beings and very quickly you make a connection with these people who lived and died here 300,000 years ago.” Before these 300,000-year-old Homo sapiens bones were discovered in Africa, it made sense for scientists to believe in the East Africa evolutionary theory of modern humans.
This is because up until now, the oldest remains of Homo sapiens were found in Ethiopia and have been shown to be 195,000-years-old.
Also, the shape of the braincase is quite different to ours today, as the braincase of these 300,000-year-old Homo sapiens was much more elongated than ours is.
But apart from physical differences like these, Hublin believes that these ancient ancestors of ours were not too dissimilar from us.
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Excitingly for archaeologists, these Homo sapiens bones sit beside other remnants of inhabitants now long gone.
These remnants include gazelle bones, flint tools, and bits of charcoal, most likely left untouched inside of the cave for hundreds of thousands of years after the last roaring fire was made.
Jean-Jacques Hublin has described the emotional connection felt in the presence of the 300,000-year-old Homo sapiens bones.
“It’s rather a desolate landscape, but on the horizon you have the Atlas mountains with snow on top and it’s very beautiful.
When we found the skull and mandible I was emotional.