BEIJING – The fossils were discovered in two caves in the southwestern region of China, dating from the 13 thousand years ago. The fossil forms reveals a unique blend of ancient and modern features of the body.
Fossils of the alleged new man (photo: Guardian)
Preached Science a Gogo, on Thursday (3/15/2012), an international group of researchers who found fossils was led by Darren Curnoe from the University of New South Wales, Australia. His own research published in the scientific journal PLoS One.
According Curnoe, fossils aged between 14 500 and 11,500 years. This means they live in an environment similar to modern humans in the early farming culture of China.
“This new fossil may be a previously unknown species, a species that survived until the last ice age some 11,000 years ago,” explained Curnoe.
“Another alternative is that they may represent a migration of modern humans out of Africa, the very beginning and have never known, a population that may not contribute genetically to people who are still alive,” he added.
At least three human fossils found by Chinese archaeologists in Maludong (Red Deer Cave), in Yunnan province in 1989. The new fossils are studied later in 2008, through a study involving scientists from China and Australia. Chinese geologists have discovered a quarter of the skull in a cave near the village of Longlin in 1979.
The skull was still encased in stone until 2009 when an international group to move and reconstruct the fossils. They oust the fossils are as human red deer, because of evidence that they hunt and eat deer that have been extinct.
Curnoe tell human fossils that have brains that round with a prominent brow bone and a wide nose. Their thick skulls while they are short and flat faces.
Their jaw jutted forward, but they do not have a chin like a modern human. A scan of their brain cavity shows they have modern-looking frontal lobe, parietal lobe, but it just looks old.
The specimen studied also have large molar teeth. The scientists had little knowledge of how modern humans evolved in Asia after our ancestors lived in Eurasia about 70 thousand years ago. Up until now, never found fossils younger than 100 thousand years in mainland East Asia other than Homo sapiens.