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Another Branch Of Humans Discovered.
As the queue for Homo-recognition slowly dwindles and Bigfoot rechecks his ticket number, some more
relatives are found.

Quote:Bones found in Philippines cave reveal new human species.

Experts say the find makes our understanding of human evolution in Asia "messier, more complicated
and a lot more interesting.

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'Fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that lived more than 50,000 years ago have
been found in the Philippines. Scientists say they were around at the same time our own species was spreading
from Africa to occupy the rest of the world.

Several feet and hand bones, a partial thigh bone, and teeth from at least three individuals were unearthed in Callao
Cave on Luzon, the largest island in the Asian archipelago, in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
The new species has been dubbed Homo luzonensis.

In a study published by the journal Nature, scientists said tests on two samples showed minimum ages of 50,000 years
and 67,000 years. Although Homo sapiens are the only surviving member of our branch of the evolutionary tree, we have
not been alone for most of our existence.

And according to Matthew Tocheri of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario the find makes our understanding of
human evolution in Asia "messier, more complicated and whole lot more interesting". The main exodus of our own species
from Africa that all of today's non-African people are descended from happened about 60,000 years ago.

After analysing the bones from Luzon, the study authors concluded they belonged to a previously unknown member of our
"Homo" branch of the family tree. Researchers said one of the toe bones and the overall pattern of tooth shapes and sizes
differ from what has been seen before in the Homo family.

One of the study's authors, Florent Detroit of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, said the Homo luzonensis
used stone tools and its small teeth suggest it might have been small-bodied. He said Homo luzonensis lived in eastern Asia
at around the same time as not only our species but other members of the Homo branch, including Neanderthals, their
little-understood Siberian cousins the Denisovans, and the "hobbits" of the island of Flores in Indonesia.

Mr Detroit said our species is not known to have reached the Philippines until thousands of years after the age of the bones
but some human relative was on Luzon more than 700,000 years ago, as the presence of stone tools and a butchered rhino
dating to that time indicate.

He said it was not clear how Homo luzonensis is related to other species of Homo but he speculated that it might have
descended from an earlier human relative, Homo erectus, that somehow crossed the sea to Luzon.
Homo erectus is generally considered the first Homo species to have expanded beyond Africa.

Michael Petraglia of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, said the Luzon find "shows
we still know very little about human evolution, particularly in Asia" but he added that future similar discoveries will probably
emerge with further work in the region...'
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That's pretty interesting news right there.   minusculethumbsup 

Wonder if BIAD recognizes any of them?   tinysurprised

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