According to researchers, ancient human bones discovered in Ethiopia could be as old as 230,000 years. Omo I is the name given to the fossils. The remains are one of the oldest examples of Homo sapiens fossils, having been discovered in the late 1960s. Previous research has dated them to be less than 200,000 years old. In southwestern Ethiopia, the Omo I remains were discovered in the Omo Kibish Formation.

However, according to a new study from the University of Cambridge, the remains likely predate a huge volcanic explosion in the area that occurred 230,000 years ago. The scientists used the chemical fingerprints of volcanic ash layers located above and below the sediment where the fossils were discovered to date the layers. However, additional research in the future may be able to extend the age even further.


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