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12 Jun

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.Teresa Steele, a paleoanthropologist at the University of California, Davis, who analyzed animal fossils at Jebel Irhoud, said plenty of gazelle meat, with the occasional wildebeest, zebra and other game and perhaps the seasonal ostrich egg was the diet of the time.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.Professor Jean-Jacques Hublin, who led the study, said: 'We used to think that there was a cradle of mankind 200,000 years ago in east Africa, but our new data reveal that Homo sapiens spread across the entire African continent around 300,000 years ago.'Long before the out-of-Africa dispersal of Homo sapiens, there was dispersal within Africa.'Jebel Irhous has been known since the 1960s for its human fossils, and the latest discovery brings the total number of remains to 22.

The spectacular discoveries from Jebel Irhoud (pictured) demonstrate the tight connections of the Maghreb with the rest of the African continent at the time of Homo sapiens' emergence'The earliest Homo sapiens fossils are found across the entire African continent: Jebel Irhoud, Morocco (300,000 years), Florisbad, South Africa (260,000 years), and Omo Kibish, Ethiopia (195,000 years).The findings push back the origins of our species, and show that by about 300,000 years ago, important changes in our biology and behaviour had taken place across most of Africa.Scroll down for video The team of researchers discovered skulls, teeth and long bones from at least five individuals.An international research team, led by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany and the National Institute for Archaeology and Heritage in Rabat, Morocco uncovered the fossil bones of Homo sapiens along with stone tools and animal bones.The discoveries reveal a complex evolutionary history of mankind that likely involved the entire African continent.