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Previously, the oldest Homo sapiens fossils were known from the site of Omo Kibish in Ethiopia, dated to 195,000 years ago.And until now, most researchers believed that all humans living today descended from a population that lived in East Africa around this time.Professor Jean-Jacques Hublin, paleoanthropologist, director of the department of the human evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, poses for a photograph after a press conference held in Paris, France to announce the findings They were unable to determine the sex of the individuals, as no pelvic bones were found.

The fossils from Jebel Irhoud displayed a modern-looking face and teeth, but a slightly larger braincase.

Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest Homo sapiens fossils, alongside stone tools and animal bones at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco.

The fossils date back to 300,000 years ago, and are 100,000 years older than any other Homo sapiens fossil discovered.

To date the fossils, the team used a thermoluminescence dating method on heated flints found in the same deposits.

These flints yielded an age of around 300,000 years ago.