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'New species' of ancient human found

#1  Postby DougC » May 28, 2015 2:08 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32906836
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A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report.
Researchers discovered jaw bones and teeth, which date to between 3.3m and 3.5m years old.
It means this new hominin was alive at the same time as several other early human species, suggesting our family tree is more complicated than was thought.

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Australopithecus afarensis was thought to be a direct ancestor of modern humans

The study is published in the journal Nature.
The new species has been called Australopithecus deyiremeda, which means "close relative" in the language spoken by the Afar people.

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Re: 'New species' of ancient human found

#2  Postby Sendraks » May 28, 2015 2:10 pm

Small canines eh?

Motherfucker was probably armed to the teeth. No evidence to support that of course, other than the lack of big canines. Probably had a minigun or something.
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#3  Postby Spearthrower » Jul 08, 2015 1:54 pm

Now comes the horse-trading known as cladistics! :D

Does it have enough variation to be considered its own species, or is it within the range of potential variation for afarensis?
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#4  Postby Spearthrower » Jul 08, 2015 1:59 pm

It means this new hominin was alive at the same time as several other early human species, suggesting our family tree is more complicated than was thought.


Than who thought?

I've been studying this for nearly 2 decades, and it seems pretty damn complicated to me. Last time I tried to compile a list of all the candidate species of Hominidae was 3 years ago, and there's been nearly a dozen new discoveries since then. I heard about the above find pretty much right after it happened but it takes a few years to report, and there's some buzz going round that there's a major discovery that's been made, but it's being cautiously reviewed. There is excitement afoot in the palaeoanthropology world! :)
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#5  Postby igorfrankensteen » Jul 08, 2015 10:47 pm

Sure is tough to keep up with the past, isn't it?
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Re: 'New species' of ancient human found

#6  Postby Clive Durdle » Sep 10, 2015 10:21 am

a minigun


I agree small teeth may be possible evidence for technology, but I propose throwing and cutting with flints and cooking with fire - not just chance finding of something alight. Possibly pushing our technological prowess way back!
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