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In a handful of fossilized teeth and bones, scientists say they’ve found evidence of a previously unknown human species that lived in what is now the Philippines about 50,000 years ago. The discovery deepens the mystery of an era when the world was a melting pot of many different human kinds on the move.
Small-jawed with dainty teeth, able to walk upright but with feet still shaped to climb, these island creatures were a mix-and-match patchwork of primitive and advanced features in a unique variation of the human form, the scientists reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.
The creature’s teeth, toes and finger bones appear to mix aspects of the other human species in existence elsewhere at the time, including Homo sapiens, Denisovans, Neanderthals, Homo naledi and Homo floresiensis, nicknamed the hobbit species for its small stature and big feet.
So far, the scientists haven’t found evidence that these creatures used tools to hunt or to process their food, which might indicate how highly developed their brains might have been. The scientists also have been unable to isolate DNA from the bones and teeth that could be used to understand how closely they were related to other human species.
The researchers are cautious about estimating H. luzonensis’ height, because there are only a few remains to go on. But given its small teeth, and the foot bone reported in 2010, Détroit thinks that its body size was within the range of small H. sapiens, such as members of some Indigenous ethnic groups living on Luzon and elsewhere in the Philippines today, sometimes known collectively as the Philippine Negritos. Men from these groups living in Luzon have a recorded mean height of around 151 centimetres and the women about 142 centimetres.
You have to wonder if we've got this all wrong.
In a handful of fossilized teeth and bones
originally posted by: halfoldman
The description of the feet seems a bit strange to me.
Able to walk and climb?
So what? There are people who can climb up a palm tree today in a matter of seconds.
Homo luzonensis has some physical similarities to recent humans, but in other features hark back to the australopithecines, upright-walking ape-like creatures that lived in Africa between two and four million years ago, as well as very early members of the genus Homo.
They consist of thirteen remains - teeth, hand and foot bones, as well as part of a femur - that belong to at least three adult and juvenile individuals. They have been recovered in excavations at the cave since 2007.
Would be a real hoot if science ultimately drew the conclusion that there really is no "missing link"
originally posted by: cooperton
a reply to: rnaa
You're saying evolutionary theory doesn't require links between apes and humans???
You're saying apes made a quantum leap from an ape to a human in one generation?
That is absurd. there is a necessity for links between the two, according to the theory.
Which then brings into question how, if there were supposedly millions of years of intermediary species populating the earth, we have yet to find one complete fossil of an intermediate missing link?
They were theorized to be around longer than humans, so why can't we find any complete fossils?