Homo sapiens idaltu

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Homo sapiens idaltu

An extinct subspecies of Homo sapiens found in the Herto dig in Ethiopia’s Middle Awash region, the skulls of which were dated at nearly 160,000 years old; Homo sapiens idaltu had distinguishing features of today’s humans, such as a high round skull and flat face without a brow ridge.
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Around thirty thousand years ago, in the epoch of the Gravettian culture, man sets up ceremonial burials (the "polished" skulls Homo sapiens idaltu discovered in Ethiopia are to be considered as the practice of ritual murder).
idaltu, from Ethiopia, lived from about 160,000 years ago (Kya) and is the oldest known anatomically modern human.
Idaltu means elder in the language of the semi-nomadic Afar people living in the area today.