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The oldest Upper Palaeolithic Homo sapiens in Europe

Two papers by Hublin et al. in the journal Nature and by Fewlass et al. in Nature Ecology and Evolution report new Homo sapiens fossils from the site of Bacho Kiro Cave (Bulgaria).

These fossils are directly dated to approximately 45,000 years ago and in direct association with stone tools, the remains of hunted animals, bone tools, and personal ornaments. The new discoveries document the earliest known Upper Paleolithic Homo sapiens and push back in time the start of this major cultural transition in Europe. Their stone tools unearthed at the site link Bacho Kiro Cave to finds across Eurasia as far east as Mongolia.