The early humans were pioneers who took advantage of a temporary warm spell during the last ice age to visit BritainA fragment of human jaw unearthed in a prehistoric cave in Torquay is the earliest evidence of modern humans in northwestern Europe, scientists say.The tiny piece of upper jaw was excavated from Kents Cave on the town's border in the 1920s but its significance was not fully realised until scientists checked its age with advanced techniques that have only now become available.The fresh analysis at Oxford University dated the bone and three teeth to a period between 44,200 and 41,500 years ago, when a temporary warm spell lasting perhaps only a thousand years, made Britain habitable.The age of the remains puts modern humans at the edge of the habitable world at the time and increases the period over which they shared the land with Neanderthals, our close relatives who evolved...
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