LONDON, July 7 (UPI) — Artifacts recently found in a British river deposit indicate early humans lived in northern Europe more than 780,000 years ago, researchers said.
The discovery, reported in this week’s Nature, provides more information about how early humans scattered when they left Africa more than 1.8 million years ago, British researcher Nick Ashton and his colleagues said.
Early humans, or Hominins, colonized Eurasia pretty soon after they left Africa, researchers said. However, researchers and scientists thought they didn’t stray from areas with temperatures of at least 45 degrees F. Ashton’s discovery indicates humans moved into northern Europe — with its chillier weather — sooner than previously thought, perhaps by several hundred thousand years.
He said his fossil discovery in Norfolk raises the possibility these early humans may have been among the first to use fire and wear fur to keep warm.
A Hominin is what once was called a Hominid, which paleoanthropologists said is human or a human ancestor, including all of the Homo species.
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