The Chinese archaeologists made one of their biggest breakthroughs during a 2011 excavation of Fuyan Cave in Hunan province, where they found 47 teeth belonging to modern humans. The teeth were buried underneath stalagmites that were found to be least 80,000 years old, suggesting the fossils were older.
After the first stage, I ask them some questions about a picture with no words. They are nervous, shy and some freeze and need to be crank started or come back later. Maybe some have not talked to a foreigner and are very shy. Most didn't know the answers because they learn by rote. And they are amazing as to what they can memorise. In that confusion of question time we have to say "that's all" and some knew they were finished. But for most we had to say "bye bye" with matching hand waving for them to realise they could go. Many long goodbyes were had.
“There are people who are very wedded to the idea that no-one left Africa until 50,000 years ago, particularly very prominent voices in genetics. So it is important that people like myself - who do think we left earlier and got to places like China - are really sure. Lots more research needs to be done and the most up-to-date techniques need to be applied,” he said.
Al Serrian, located in the southwestern Arabian Peninsula, was prosperous from the ninth to the 13th century.