Early humans in Western Europe 1.3 million years ago, study suggests

mandibleA new study from Spanish scientists suggests that early humans may have lived in Western Europe as long as 1.3 million years ago, much earlier than previously believed.

A mandible discovered in northern Spain has been dated to 1.3 million years old.

In a study released Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers report finding a jaw bone, teeth and simple tools that have been dated between 1.2 to 1.3 million years old.

The research team led by José María Bermúdez de Castro, a co-ordinator at Spain’s National Research Centre on Human Evolution, and Eudald Carbonell, director of the Catalan Institute of Human Paleo-Ecology and Social Evolution, made the discovery in a cave near the city of Atapuerca in northern Spain.

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