New Fossils Suggest Humans Are 33,000 Years Older Than We Thought
January 14, 2022 12:21PM PST
Have you been feeling old lately? You’re not alone – all of humanity just got ‘aged up’ by an extra 30,000 years, thanks to science.
Until recently, scientists believed that Homo Sapiens first appeared roughly 200,000 years ago – based on the oldest known human fossils, which were found in Ethiopia in the late 1960’s.
However, researchers now believe those fossils were buried in volcanic ash from 233,000 years ago – meaning humanity is older than we thought, by a few dozen millennia.
How long humans have been around is still a matter of debate among scientists – some believe that bones found in Morocco in 2017 are more than 315,000 years old.