posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 08:28 PM
Originally thought to be a younger female, "Toumai", as the newly identified fossils are called, have recently been discovered to be the oldest of
all known human fossils. The remains, found in Chad by French archeologist Michel Brunet, may be one of the greatest ancient-human historical
discoveries, some scientists say.
"Toumai is not a chimp. Toumai is not a gorilla," Brunet told Reuters. "It is perfectly clear Toumai is a hominid."
The first reliable records of hominids, members of the human family distinct from chimpanzees and other apes, suggest they did not appear until about
5 million years ago.
...But some scientists doubted its human links because they thought the skull was too squashed to draw any conclusions. They also said its short face,
small canine teeth and other characteristics were not evidence it was a direct ancestor of humans.
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As noted in the reference above, many scientists also find this 'discovery' to be inconclusive, saying, in so few words, that the remains were too
damaged to allow an accurate conclusion as to whether or not they were human.
As I, or any of the readers, do not have physical access to the fossils, it is difficult to draw a conclusion as to whether or not the remains are
genuinely human. Until further testing is conducted, none of us can be certain.
Regardless of human relation, it is exciting to find such ancient fossils. Even if they are not related, we may be able to learn other truths from
this ancestor of life.
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