AKIPRESS.COM - New research suggests that modern humans were living in Saudi Arabia about 85,000 years ago, BBC reported.
A recently discovered finger bone believed to be Homo sapiens was dated using radio isotope techniques.
This adds to mounting evidence from Israel, China and Australia, of a widespread dispersal beyond Africa as early as 180,000 years ago.
Previously, it was theorised that Homo sapiens did not live continuously outside Africa until 60,000 years ago.
The study is published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.
Previous digs in the Arabian interior have uncovered tools which could have been used by early Homo sapiens. But skeletal evidence of their presence has been lacking.