Fossils May Belong To New Primitive Human Species

February 1, 2015 12:37 PM

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Fossils May Belong To New Primitive Human Species

Two teams of researchers have been asking that very question after analyzing mysterious fossils found in China and Taiwan. The fossils don't seem to fit with any known hominin species--including modern humans, Homo erectus or Neanderthals. Instead, they may be the result of interbreeding between known species, or perhaps even belong to an unknown human species.

"Classically, everything that inhabited Asia before the arrival of modern humans have been classified into a single taxon: H. erectus," Dr. María Martinón-Torres, a dental anthropologist at Spain’s National Research Center on Human Evolution (CENIEH) and a researcher involved in one of the studies, ...

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