This is a composite reconstruction of the oldest Homo sapiens fossils found in Morocco, using scans of original fossils found at the site.
While the facial features appear more modern and comparative to ours, the brain case is elongated. This suggests that the brain shape and function evolved in these early Homo sapiens.
This image provides two views of the pieces found and associated with one of the fossils, thought to be a young adult woman.
This almost complete human mandible was a remarkable find for the researchers and its dental aspects are very similar to modern humans.
Being able to look at this mandible allowed the researchers to compare it to those of modern humans, as well as Neanderthals.
Before mining, the area of the excavation site was a cave where early hominins could take shelter and clean and cook the animals they hunted.
Jean-Jacques Hublin is pictured when he first saw the new finds at Jebel Irhoud in Morocco. He is pointing to the crushed human skull.
Stone tools recovered from the site reveal flint flakes shaped by early Homo sapiens with points and cores for more efficient hunting.
Two of the fossils, including a crushed skill and partial femur, can be seen in the center of this image.