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A fossil finger bone of Homo sapiens has been recovered from the site of Al Wusta, Saudi Arabia, representing the dispersal of humans into Arabia by 85,000 years ago. The site occurs along the edge of a freshwater palaeolake, with evidence of Middle Palaeolithic stone tools and mammal fauna, including the hippopotamus. Al Wusta provides evidence for an early and geographically widespread movement of humans Out of Africa. Photo by Ian Cartwright.

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Groucutt, H. S. et al. Homo sapiens in Arabia by 85,000 years ago. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 2, 800-809 (2018).

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.