Saudi Arabia discovers “world’s oldest human bone”

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Saudi Arabia announced on Friday in Riyadh the discovery of the “world’s oldest human bone” in Tabuk in northwestern Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, which announced the find, said the bone was discovered during excavations at Tayma, where a large oasis exists with a long history of habitation.

It said that the discovery was made by a joint research team of Saudi archaeologists and experts from Oxford University.

The commission noted that the bone is the middle part of the middle finger of a human being believed to have lived 90,000 years ago.

“This renders it as the oldest human trace found to date in the Arabian Peninsula.

The commission disclosed that the team is part of the Green Arabia Project, a Saudi-British survey and excavation undertaking aiming to perform several environmental and archaeological studies of various historical sites in Saudi Arabia.

(Xinhua/NAN)


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