"This is the smoking gun that confirms what geneticists have been predicting," he said. "We had finds from Africa and from Europe but we were missing the connection between them; it's like finishing a puzzle and finding that a piece is missing: it drives you crazy. This is the missing connection between the older African populations and the later European populations."The evidence, a 55,000 year old partial skull found in a cave called Manot in Northern Israel, also disqualifies the popular Bab-el-mandeb route that modern humans may have took as they were leaving Africa, and strengthens a Nile valley route according to the same Anthropologist,
Hershkovitz told Haaretz that the presence of modern humans at Manot also supports the idea that Homo sapiens sapiens left Africa through the Nile valley, Sinai and what is today known as Israel,
Obviously, a scenario of multiple exits out of Africa, first via Bab-el-mandeb and then via the Nile valley, can not be necessarily discounted by this find.