Mtoto (Swahili for “child”) is the nickname given to a child whose burial dates back to around 78,000 years. This is the earliest known Homo sapien burial in Africa. It was found in the Panga ya Saidi archaeological site in Kenya. Excavations in this site began a decade ago, revealing the early human occupation during the Middle Stone Age and Later Stone Age. Mtoto is an addition to two other, slightly younger burials in Africa.


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