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New fossil skull reveals tangled human roots

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:54 PM

Washington Post said:

A two million-year-old flat-faced skull pulled from the sandstones of east Africa has shored up claims that at least three species of early humans once co-existed in an “evolutionary experiment” that saw an explosive increase in brain size paired with radically different faces, teeth, and jaws.

While the new partial skull and two newly found jawbones look radically different from modern humans, they match an enigmatic, nearly complete skull found 40 years ago that paleoanthropologists have long struggled to fit into the human family tree.

Together, the new finds and the puzzling skull describe a species of early humans clearly distinct from two others known from fossils from the same period, said Meave Leakey, the 70-year-old paleoanthropologist who led the team that discovered the fossils.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:21 PM

doesnt really look flat faced unless its meant to be missing a nose

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:21 PM

Interesting.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:50 PM

View PostEver Learning, on 08 August 2012 - 07:21 PM, said:

doesnt really look flat faced unless its meant to be missing a nose

You're seeing more than I do.


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:23 PM

Interesting stuff, cheers QM.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 01:37 PM

Yes, this is a great discovery.  It is 1 piece of the evolutionary puzzle that will one day shed light on the entire chain of life on this planet earth.

When early humans found large dinosaur bones, they imagined a race of "Gods" that lived before them.

I only wish I could be around in a thousand years, when we will have a "nearly complete" library of fossils that trace all life on earth.  This is still a great time to be alive and witness these first few discoveries.  Just try to imagine how your life would be if you were born 7 thousand years ago.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:53 AM

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doesnt really look flat faced unless its meant to be missing a nose


Ah, but it is. All humans, and many of our extinct hominid relatives, have flat faces. This is in comparison to old world apes like chimps, which have very prognathic faces, which is where the jaw juts out past the face and the forehead is slanted.


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:19 AM

Great find

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