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Friday, December 18, 2015

Ancient human ancestor may have persisted through Ice Age says study in PLOS ONE

Some recent updates on the Red Deer Cave people suggested for the blog by John J. McNultym of Uncertain Times:
MIAMI (AFP).- After years of studying a mysterious thigh bone from a cave in China, scientists said Thursday they believe it represents an ancient species of human that persisted much longer than previously thought. 

The 14,000-year-old bone was uncovered in 1989 in Maludong, known as the Red Deer Cave. The trove of fossils it was initially found with went unstudied until 2012. 

The partial femur, though relatively young in age, looks like the bones of far older species like Homo habilis and early Homo erectus that lived more than 1.5 million years ago, said the study in PLOS ONE. 

"Its young age suggests the possibility that primitive-looking humans could have survived until very late in our evolution, but we need to careful as it is just one bone," said co-author professor Ji Xueping from the Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in China. ..
Ancient human ancestor may have persisted through Ice Age says study in PLOS ONE
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