researchers have discovered the Philippines, a previously unknown human species. The Homo luzonensis was not a direct ancestor, but a distant Relative of humans, the researchers wrote in the on Thursday published article for the journal “Nature”. He lived around 50,000 years ago on the island of Luzon, after which he was named.
The discovery confirms the theory that human development is not, as earlier assumed to be linear was. “The remarkable Fund will no doubt spark numerous scientific discussions,” said Matthew Tocheri, an anthropologist at the canadian Lakehead University. For a long time science assumed that the Homo erectus migrated there before the 1.5 to two million years ago from Africa, while other people remained genera on the continent, and finally became extinct. Finds of the past few years, this theory, however.
Many species migrated from Africa
The discovery of Homo luzonensis provide additional evidence that Homo erectus was not the only human species from Africa emigrated, says the report.
French, Filipino and Australian researchers discovered in the Cavo-cave the Remains of Homo luzonensis. In 2007, there had been discovered a of 67,000 year old bones. But first, it was not clear what species the bones belonged to. Now, the researchers discovered seven teeth, and five different bones of at least three individuals who are between 50,000 and of 67,000 years old.
“what we immediately noticed was their unusual characteristics,” said Florent Detroit, a paleoanthropologist in the French Musée de l’homme and one of the conductors of the study. Comparisons and analysis have then confirmed that it was a completely new genus from the family tree of the people (an “s”). The teeth on meadows, therefore, the characteristics of different early Human species. A foot bones of Homo luzonensis is similar to the one species, which lived two to three million years ago in Africa.
Finger and toe bones were strong
curved His Finger and toe bones were curved also. According to the researchers, an indication that he climbed a lot, what kinds of deeds, who lived much earlier. The anthropologists do not believe, however, that the Homo luzonensis lived in trees. You assume that he walked upright.
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Like the Homo luzonensis came to the island, is unclear. For this, he should have been according to some researchers, a “significant distance” on the sea. Also who were his ancestors, has yet to be explored. Attempts to remove the bone DNA, miss long.
in 2004, had been unearthed on the Indonesian island of Flores, the bones of Homo floresiensis, because of its size later on “Hobbit”. Researchers believe that the “Hobbits” were cut off to Flores from the Rest of the world and thousands of years of shrinkage experienced. Their size is adapted to the availability of food on the island. The Homo luzonensis was only about four feet (about 120 centimeters) in size, the researchers write in “Nature”.
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