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Potential new human species discovered


Posted on Saturday, 21 June, 2014 | Comment icon 81 comments

The find is being hailed as potentially groundbreaking. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Tim Evanson
Ancient remains found in a cave in China may belong to a species of human that lived 11,000 years ago.
In what could be one of the most significant paleoanthropological discoveries ever made, Australian researcher Darren Curnoe and his colleagues believe that they may have uncovered evidence of a previously undiscovered species of human that lived alongside our ancestors as recently as 11,000 years ago.

Known as the "Red Deer Cave people", these hominids were extremely similar to modern humans but with some significant physical differences.

The idea that they could have survived until so recently, even outliving the Neanderthals, has raised an array of questions about how these ancient people would have lived, how they interacted with humans and what it was that caused them to die out.

"The fossils just don’t fit with the dominant view in science at the moment about who was around 11,000 years ago or 14,000 years ago, how they relate to us, and how we think of ourselves as humans in relation to nature," said Curnoe.

"We tend to think of ourselves as special. So it raises some pretty deep and challenging questions."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (81)

Tags: Human, Red Deer Cave People


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #72 Posted by DieChecker on 24 June, 2014, 19:12
The recreation of the Red Deer people looks somewhat like some of the recreations of Almas seen in Asia. Could be a few still running around?
Comment icon #73 Posted by aquatus1 on 24 June, 2014, 22:36
Nope. I don't often indulge in politics when it comes to science. What you see is what you get. Why exactly you see conflict where there is none is baffling to me. You keep coming up with these new discoveries in science and then use them to claim that scientists hate new discoveries. You keep accusing scientists of being static and unchanging, and you support it by quoting scientific opinions that are decades out of date. This isn't the first time it's happened. Like it or not, science is indeed fluid. Dogma plays a very small and almost entirely isolated role, one which is usua... [More]
Comment icon #74 Posted by SaraT on 25 June, 2014, 8:11
No, no. I've seen that person on the Tube. He mumbles to himself in the corner whilst the rest of the passengers stay far away.
Comment icon #75 Posted by psyche101 on 25 June, 2014, 9:00
I have seen this one, but I do not know that it is at all accurate: The more common depiction I have seen is this one: Which I find a striking resemblance to the Australian Indigenous. Yet, totally unrelated.
Comment icon #76 Posted by Peter B on 25 June, 2014, 13:11
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/06/24/4027999.htm Curnoe is one of the archaeologists involved in the Red Deer Cave work.
Comment icon #77 Posted by DieChecker on 25 June, 2014, 21:14
That is because he is speaking "red deer people" language and he smells like a red deer person.
Comment icon #78 Posted by Leonardo on 25 June, 2014, 21:23
Depending on the definition of 'species' used, it could be argued that there are still multiple 'species' (or, perhaps, sub-species) of hominid extant on the planet.
Comment icon #79 Posted by Erowin on 26 June, 2014, 1:25
I missed this last night. Any link where it's streaming or uploaded?
Comment icon #80 Posted by nohands on 9 July, 2014, 19:48
aws


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