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New human species unearthed in island cave


Posted on Wednesday, 10 April, 2019 | Comment icon 10 comments

The bones were found in Callao cave. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Warrendering
Scientists have discovered the fossil remains of an extinct species of human in a cave in the Philippines.
Believed to have been around 4ft tall and well adapted for climbing trees, this new pint-sized human ancestor has been named Homo luzonensis after the island (Luzon) on which it was found.

The discovery further complicates the human family tree in South-East Asia where it is now believed there were at least three distinct species of human at the same time.

The newly discovered species exhibits an intriguing mixture of characteristics both modern and archaic, suggesting that some of our very early ancestors in Africa may have made the journey to South-East Asia long before Homo erectus left the continent around 1.9 million years ago.

The fact that Luzon is only accessible by sea also raises further questions.

Scientists have dated the skeletal remains of Homo luzonensis to between 50,000 and 67,000 years ago, meaning that it shared the planet with both modern humans and the Neanderthals.

The island itself was also thought to have been inhabited by another species - the Denisovans.

What was ultimately responsible for Homo luzonensis' eventual extinction however remains unclear.

Source: BBC News | Comments (10)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog on 10 April, 2019, 19:04
The biggest question I think with the Homo genus when they found another distinct remains is new species? or new subspecies ? Probably that we had multiple interbreeding populations for a while with different phenotype. We know about Neanderthals DNA trace in our gene pool, probably that we have others too. Frontier between species are somewhat vague and more so with fossils.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Carnoferox on 10 April, 2019, 19:57
First Meganthropus, and now this; it's turning out to be a good week for paleoanthropology. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1067-9
Comment icon #3 Posted by Beren on 10 April, 2019, 20:00
This is one more nail in the "out of Africa, nothing else allowed" coffin. I can't wait to see the lame-ass rationalizations that come out about this find. You know, the ones from those with a vested interest in not challenging the reigning anthropological paradigm. Thomas Kuhn summed it up years ago. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by XenoFish on 10 April, 2019, 20:06
No telling what else is to be discover and whats forever lost. Cool find. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Carnoferox on 10 April, 2019, 20:07
In no way does this 67,000 year old Asian species dispute the "out-of-Africa" origin for Homo.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Abilityperson on 10 April, 2019, 20:23
Cool thanks for sharing
Comment icon #7 Posted by Razumov on 10 April, 2019, 21:25
 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney on 10 April, 2019, 21:53
Not for Homo Sapien. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Harte on 10 April, 2019, 23:17
No rationalizations required, since "out of Africa" applies to anatomically modern Humans, and not earlier species of Homo. What IS required, though, is some inkling of what you're talking about before you make a stupid claim like that. Harte
Comment icon #10 Posted by jmccr8 on 11 April, 2019, 8:14
Homo Erectus made it to Java a million yrs ago so why would it be impossible for other hominid lines to do likewise? Australia has evidence of occupation for 60 kbp why would any of this be more than welcome than evidence of hominid expansion? jmccr8


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