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Researchers discover new human species on the Philippines

He had lived in front of around 50'000 years ago on the island of Luzon, after which he was named. The discovery supports 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.

The discovery of Homo luzonensis provide additional evidence that Homo erectus was not the only human species that migrated out of Africa, it is said in the report released Thursday.

teeth and bones

French, Filipino and Australian researchers found in the Cavo-cave the Remains of Homo luzonensis. In 2007, there had been discovered in a 67'000 years old bone. 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 that are between 50'000 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 bone of Homo luzonensis is similar to the one species, which lived two to three million years ago in Africa.


climbing and upright, 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.

considered As the Homo luzonensis on 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, the availability of food to fit on the island. The Homo luzonensis was only about four feet (about 120 centimeters) large, the researchers write in "Nature".


Created: 10.04.2019, 23:36 Uhr

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