Out of Africa

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BURGOS, Spain: In a discovery that could alter the prevailing view of human evolution, a team of archeologists and paleontologists have uncovered ancient remains that may be those of a previously unknown species of human who inhabited Europe 780,000 years ago. If confirmed, the find would increase by more than half the presumed 500,000-year history of humans on the continent. Among the skeletal remains uncovered: human teeth and bones from adolescents and young children. The site also yielded high quality tools, indicating that the humans who inhabited the area were relatively skilled and advanced. Researchers, who call the new species Homo antecessor, believe they migrated out of Africa to Europe thousands of years before the species of human which eventually evolved into modern man.