Thursday, October 17, 2013

Skull Fossil Suggests Simpler Human Lineage

Wow! So long Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus and several others. According to a new study, those different species  "may actually represent variation among members of a single, evolving lineage."   "In other words," according to the the New York Times, "just as people look different from one another today, so did early hominids look different from one another, and the dissimilarity of the bones they left behind may have fooled scientists into thinking they came from different species." 

All of this comes from an international team of scientists who studied a skull from Dmanisi, Georgia. The skull comes from a site in Georgia that has the "biggest collections of well-preserved early human remains known anywhere in the world."

In  addition to the New York Times story, you can read this story from the BBC News. And here is an NPR story about the discovery.

Thanks to Jeff Feinstein for sending me the links.

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