Archaeologists have stunned the world in 2017 with its new discoveries that have laid below our earth, thus making us understand better the cultures of our forefathers thousands of years ago. Here are the ten leading archaeological discoveries in 2017.
The Earlier Homo sapiens (Morocco)
Excavations in Jebel Irhoud in Morocco have unearthed a 300,000-year-old bones of several earliest members of the Homo sapiens descendants. The human bones were first found at the area in 1961 and experts have discovered the odd blend of archaic and modern physical features have puzzled them. They thought that they came from the Neanderthals which traced back from about 40,000 years ago.
In 2006, an archaeological team headed by Jean-Jacques Hublin from Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology revived their excavation activities at Jebel Irhoud which produced stunning results and gave us more concept of the earliest members of the ancestral line that lead to what we are now – the modern humans.
The Jebel Irhoud hominins seemed to live 350,000 years after Neanderthals and Homo sapiens shared some common ancestor that developed clear differences. The descendants of Jebel Irhoud had flat and short faces, just like the modern humans, but their brains were more elongated and teeth larger. Their brow ridges were more distinguished compared to modern humans but they are not as dense as the Neanderthals.