Saudi Arabia discovers ‘world’s oldest human bone’

A joint Saudi-British team found middle finger of a human being who is believed to have lived 90,000 years ago. (Illustrative photo: Shutterstock)

Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage has announced “the world’s oldest human bone” has been discovered during an excavation at Tayma in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, Al-Riyadh newspaper has reported.

The bone found is the middle part of the middle finger of a human being who lived 90,000 years ago, the oldest human trace found to date in the Arabian Peninsula, an official from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) said.

Vice President of the Saudi commission Ali al-Ghabban said that the discovery was found by a joint research team of Saudi archaeologists and experts from Oxford University.

The project is part of the Green Arabia Project, which is a Saudi-British undertaking for survey and excavation to implement environmental and archaeological studies of many historical sites in Saudi Arabia.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52