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Two possible new homo species unearthed from time of homo erectus?

 From “New Kenyan Fossils Shed Light On Early Human Evolution” (Science Daily, August 8, 2012), we learn,

Exciting new fossils discovered east of Lake Turkana confirm that there were two additional species of our genus — Homo — living alongside our direct human ancestral species, Homo erectus, almost two million years ago. The finds, announced in the scientific journal Nature on August 9th, include a face, a remarkably complete lower jaw, and part of a second lower jaw.

They were uncovered between 2007 and 2009 by the Koobi Fora Research Project (KFRP), led by Meave and Louise Leakey. KFRP’s fieldwork was facilitated by the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI), and supported by the National Geographic Society, which has funded the KFRP since 1968.

And they are just in time, too.

Neanderthal man turned out to have interbred so much with us that it is unclear he is a separate species, and Flores man just turned out to be pygmy humans.

The search for the fabled missing link continues unabated. No subject, no story.

Photo by Fred Spoor.

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4 Responses to Two possible new homo species unearthed from time of homo erectus?

  1. Does anyone have any good articles on homo ergaster and homo rudolfensis, the fossil finds in each category, and what we do or don’t know?

    I’m still making my way slowly through ch3 of Science and Human origins (slowly, because I like to follow the sources); but from skimming I didn’t see those mentioned there. I think the lumpers put them with erectus, but do they have smaller skulls and other outliering features?

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  3. Funny thing is, I’ve read Bones of Contention (I found it mediocre due to being poorly organized and having some very poor arguments mixed in among good ones), and I think I even remember reading that now.

  4. Nevermind, different Bones of Contention.

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