City life: Jerusalem
If you ask a question in Jerusalem, you may well get five different answers. In an ancient city where history, legend and scripture intertwine, facts can be elusive, but the stories still soar

UNEARTHING THE PAST

Oldest Human Fossil Outside Africa Discovered in Israel

A human fossil found in Israel has revealed that our species left Africa more than 50,000 years earlier than thought. Part of an upper jaw with teeth, the fossil was discovered in 2002 on Mount Carmel in northern Israel. While large-scale migration didn't occur until around 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, small groups ventured out before then. Previously, our ancestors were thought to have initially travelled outside of Africa as far back as 120,000 years ago, but the new finding now puts that number at around 180,000 years ago. Scientists used four different dating methods to identify the age of the newfound fossil.

Israel: Into the Holy Land

Even for those of us who are travellers rather than pilgrims, visiting Israel or the Holy Land — from the bright lights of Tel Aviv to the remarkable drama of Jerusalem's Western Wall — is a sort of homecoming