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04-10-2019, 02:29 PM
I seem to remember hearing about this in the past, but it's a good read anyway.

An Ancient Human Species Lived in This Island Cave

In a cave in the Philippines, scientists have discovered a new branch of the human family tree.

At least 50,000 years ago, an extinct human species lived on wh (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1067-9)at is now the island of Luzon (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1067-9), researchers reported on Wednesday. It’s possible that Homo luzonensis, as they’re calling the species, stood less than three feet tall.

The discovery adds growing complexity to the story of human evolution. It was not a simple march forward, as it once seemed. Instead, our lineage assumed an exuberant burst of strange forms along the way.

Our species, Homo sapiens, now inhabits a comparatively lonely world.

“The more fossils that people pull out of the ground, the more we realize that the variation that was present in the past far exceeds what we see in us today,” said Matthew Tocheri, a paleoanthropologist at Lakehead University in Canada, who was not involved in the new discovery.

In the early 2000s, Armand Salvador Mijares, a graduate student at the University of the Philippines, was digging at Callao Cave, on Luzon, for traces of the first farmers on the Philippines. Soon, he decided to dig a little deeper.

Researchers on the Indonesian island of Flores had discovered the bones of an extraordinary humanlike species (https://nyti.ms/1WF3sPS) about 60,000 years old. The scientists named it Homo floresiensis.

Some features were similar to ours, but in other ways Homo floresiensis more closely resembled other hominins (the term scientists use for modern humans and other species in our lineage).

Homo floresiensis was able to make stone tools, for example. But the adults stood only three feet high and had tiny brains. This strange combination led to debates about who, exactly, were their ancestors.

The oldest fossils of hominins, dating back over six million years, have all been found in Africa. For millions of years, hominins were short, small-brained, bipedal apes.

I'll let you read the rest.


Peerie Maa
04-10-2019, 03:48 PM
Here is a complimentary report https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47873072
some different data inside.

04-10-2019, 04:33 PM
Wow! This is the sort of thing I wanted to do when I was young, but then I went in another direction. I am amazed by what they can still find even now.

Peerie Maa
04-10-2019, 05:17 PM
Just started reading this:
The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey – 29 May 2003

by Spencer Wells (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spencer-Wells/e/B001IR1OCM/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1)

Synopsis Around 60,000 years ago, a man, identical to us in all important respects, walked the soil of Africa. Every man alive today is descended from him. How did he come to be father to all of us - a real-life Adam? And why do we come in such a huge variety of sizes, shapes, types and races if we all share a single prehistoric ancestor? In this work, Spencer Wells shows how the truth about our ancestors is hidden in our genetic code, and reveals how developments in the cutting-edge science of population genetics have made it possible not just to discover where our ancestors lived (and who they may have fought, loved, learned from and influenced) but to create a family tree for the whole of humanity.

It might interest you