Evidence found of fourth hominid - living as recently as 40,000 years ago!
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Many thanks to Atomicmutant for sharing this link with me.
Gene research reveals fourth human species.
Edited to add: I tried to create this link so it would open in a new tab, but I think Tim has disabled that feature.
I've been following this with great interest, and posted a number of links in the ancient history thread. The idea has been around for a long time that the human family tree has been a complex and bushy one, with much pruning. But fossils are spread thinly, as were ancient hominids. Just a few years ago, the standard notion was of three migrations out of Africa: Homo erectus ~ 2 million ybp; Neanderthal's ancestor, 300 - 500 thousand ybp, and our own ancestors, ~50 - 80 thousand years ago.
Now, not only does it appear that when our direct ancestors arrived in Eurasia -- and as recently as 30,000 years ago, the age of the pinky fossil -- there were at least five human groups (possibly constituting 5 separate species!) existing in the world. Modern human, Neanderthal, erectus, Flores folk, and pinky people.
It gets more complicated, and the simple picture looks like it is gradually giving way to a more complicated tree. Out of Africa may turn out to be a relatively ongoing process, making the past, and perhaps gene flow, much fuzzier, if more interesting.
Nicholas Wade: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/science/25human.html?hpw
#2 - Sorry, stellar, I don't belong to that group, so I didn't realize you'd posted it there.
#5 - populus digitus minimus?
>6 Happy you posted here, clammy. Discussion of our distant past always warms the cockles of my heart!
Another one has been found! This one much older, though. (Possibly 1.78 to 1.95 million years old.)
Great article. As an aside, I can't help but think how lucky that little boy, Matthew, is. I would have loved to go fossil-hunting when I was kid -- and to actually find something so spectacular would have been the icing on the cake. How wonderful that Matthew is able to have such fantasic experiences. :)
#9 - No kidding. What an event for such a youngin'!
I remember being ecstatically happy to find old bottles! I wish I had made more of an effort to drag my kids to more local digs, but there isn't much going on here in CT.
I think it a very great coincidence that the boy's father should be a paleoanthropologist.
#12 - You're joking, right? He was working on the dig with his father...
According to that article he wasn't working on the dig with his father, just playing around where his father was working. And it was a couple of hills over from the dig site.
Sorry, I should have said accompanying. I was just trying to point out that it's not odd. Not to my mind, anyway.
I just thought it was a little curious. Of course, the boy was playing near a site that professionals found worthy of searching so I guess it should not be thought too unusual.
Good article on the recent finds, with extra comments by Donald Johanson:
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