A team including Junior Research Fellow Dr Eleanor Scerri have discovered evidence that early humans migrated from Africa much earlier than previously thought.  The evidence was in the form of a finger bone that was found in the at the site of Al Wusta, an ancient fresh-water lake located in what is now the hyper-arid Nefud Desert in Saudi Arabia. A technique called Uranium series dating showed that the bone was 88,000 years old. Dr Scerri was responsible for the analyses of the archaeological materials associated with the bone and part of the field team who made the discovery.

The research was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.