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Oldest skulls of direct human ancestry

Male and female skulls approximately 32 million years old

At approximately 32 million years old, these are two of the oldest skulls ever found that appear to belong to the direct ancestry of humans. The skull on the right is that of a mature male; on the left of an adult female. Both came from an excavation site in the wind-swept badlands of the Fayum Province southwest of Cairo, Egypt.

Credit: Duke University

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