Thursday, August 9, 2012

We weren't alone! Scientists confirm there were two other species of early human beings


Scientists have discovered two new species of early human which lived alongside our direct ancestor two million years ago, before coming to an evolutionary 'dead end'.

The revelation is based on three new fossils unearthed between 2007 and 2009 from a site near Lake Turkana in Kenya - known as the 'cradle of mankind'. They included a face, a near-complete lower jaw, and part of a second lower jaw.

Combined with a mysterious fossil known as '1470' found nearby four decades ago, they confirm the existence of a human species with a large brain case and long, flat face.



The fossils appear to be distinct both from Homo erectus and Homo habilis, another primitive species from the same era.
Researchers used computer software to reconstruct an entire jaw from the fragments they found
Researchers used computer software to reconstruct an entire jaw from the fragments they found

Before the new discoveries, experts had tentatively named the 1470 species Homo rudolfensis. The fossils were unearthed by the Koobi Fora Research Project led by Professor Meave Leakey and are between 1.78 and 1.95 million years old.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2185666/We-werent-Scientists-confirm-species-early-human-beings.html#ixzz2348jVY3R



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