Humans Occupied South East Asia 20,000 Years Earlier Than Expected. An ancient skull found in a cave in the Annamite Mountains in northern Laos has revised our conceptions of when humans first occupied Southeast Asia and Australia. The skull, which is the oldest modern human fossil ever discovered in that part of the world, shows that ancient humans inhabited diverse habitats far earlier than previously indicated by the fossil record
Aug. 20, 2012 - Newly found pieces of human skull from "the Cave of the Monkeys" in Laos are the earliest skeletal evidence yet that humans once had an ancient, rapid migration to Asia. A skull found in Laos suggests human migrated to southern Asia 20,000 years earlier than thought. The discovery suggests that the first modern humans to leave Africa spread around the world much earlier.
"Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone Found: ...in a cave in Serbia...The jawbone, which may have come from an ancient Homo erectus or a primitive-looking Neanderthal precursor, is more than 397,000 years old, and possibly more than 525,000 years old. The fossil, described today (Feb. 6) in the journal PLOS ONE, is the oldest hominin fossil found in this region of Europe, and may change the view that Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relatives, evolved throughout Europe around that…
Deliberate holes and a coating of red coloring are evident on four tiny snail shells recently found in a cave in Morocco. At 82,000 years old, the shells are the oldest known examples of human jewelry, researchers say, surpassing previous confirmed reports of ancient beads by about 10,000 years.