Topic ID #16966 - posted 3/14/2012 12:32 PM

Cave Fossil Find: New Human Species or "Nothing Extraordinary"?



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Cave Fossil Find: New Human Species or "Nothing Extraordinary"?
Chinese fossils hint at "new evolutionary line"—depending who you ask.

James Owen for National Geographic News Published March 14, 2012

A previously unknown type of human—jut-jawed, heavy-browed, deer-eating cave dwellers—may have been identified via Stone Age bones from southern China, according to a controversial new study.

The "mystery human fossils" might even represent an entirely new species that existed alongside our own as recently as 11,500 years ago, according to a team of Chinese and Australian researchers.

Or the fossils might represent an especially early migration of so-called modern humans out of Africa and into East Asia, the team suggests.


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