Recently, Anthropologists found a 55,000 year old skull from a deep cave located in Israel. The skull reveals that modern humans and Neanderthals interbred nearly 50,000 to 60,000 years ago.
The team of researchers named it as “Manot 1”. The close analysis of the skull uncovers that it belongs to a fully modern female human. Hence, the analysis of the specimen provides significant information related to the morphology of modern human beings
Moreover, they believe that further analysis of the anatomical skull can fill major gaps between European hominids and African modern humans.
Israel Hershkovitz, co-author of the study states that manot evidently shows that modern human and Neanderthals lived together in Israel. Additionally, the skull indicates that the physical traits of these Africans are pretty different from the other human ancestors.
Anthropologists appreciated the recent discovery and called it “fascinating new fossil”. They state that careful analysis will offer important clues regarding the migration pattern of ancient human beings.
The finding is published in Wednesday’s edition of Journal Nature