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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.