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Scientists trying to unravel the origins of humanity mostly study scraps — some ancient teeth here, a damaged bone there. But now a lucky research team has uncovered a fossil superstar: the first complete skull of an early human adult from the distant past.
The 1.8 million-year-old fossil, known as Skull 5, is like nothing seen before. It has a small brain case and a heavy, jutting jaw, as did some of humanity's older, more ape-like ancestors. But other bones linked to Skull 5 show its owner had relatively short arms and long legs, as does our own species, Homo sapiens. Those who've studied Skull 5 say it also provides support for the provocative idea that, 1.8 million years ago, only one kind of early human held sway, rather than the throng of different species listed in today's textbooks.
"We're not against the idea that there might have been more than one species at some point about 2 million years ago," Christoph Zollikofer of the Anthropological Institute and Museum in Switzerland, who helped analyze the new fossil, said at a news conference Wednesday. "But we simply say … we don't have sufficient fossil evidence."
There are hundreds of species of Primates in Africa (and elsewhere), yet, supposedly, there is only One species of Human alive today.
Why is it BS?
Once again, scientists with only a vague idea...
"It has ape like features"...but it is our human ancestor....what bs.
More than likely, it is an Ape, that evolved into an ape, that may or may not, still have relatives now.
They are obsessed with this Human "Out of Africa" theory.
As I've said a thousand times and no one knows the answer.
Why was the 15' tall Gigantopithecus, only found in Asia, Why is the Orangutan, only found in Asia.
Where did they come from? Whom did they "evolve" from??
Answers Anybody?? Somebody???
reply to post by SuperFrog
Is the skull in the photo and article still in the dirt
where it was found, really the only one they can supply ?
Will the skull crumble to dust if they take a picture of it ?
Why do an article if we can't even see the actual specimen ?
Any time. You're one if my favorite sparring partners,
reply to post by iterationzero
... i do agree with part of your statement "fundamental lack of understanding of how evolution works"
cos evolution is just THE THEORY! so what do U want to understand here?
i have theory to.
if NO GOD, if no ET then my theory go to mushrooms...
one day, long long time a go some "HOMO" MONKEY eat a lot of mushrooms with all the family... (party night)
then booooom, the very next day they all find out they are change. They mutated over night to HOMO SAPIENS... and start give them selfs names... like ADAM or EVE or what ever U like ...
good day to all
Just a couple of visual aids. Consider it tender for the fire.
The first one is a comparison between G. Blacki (far left), one I don't recoginze (G. something, I think) and H. Sapiens (us - far right). Note the large Sagittal Crest on G.Blacki and the lack of any crest on H. Sapiens.
Now take a look at Skull Five:
There is no Sagittal Crest, but there is the heavy jawline and brow ridge found in gorillas.
Lack of any crest seems to place this skull somewhere in the Hominid camp, in my opinion. Once they dentition is studied, I may revise my position.
edit on 17-10-2013 by LetsGoViking because: Tired...
Since we have Lucy...
Will this be Ricky?
Crazy thing is, I've met guys who looked like that...
Artist Rendering the humanoid of Skull 5
reply to post by SuperFrog
i see Your point! but try this:... www.google.co.uk... .9.9.0....0...1c.1.29.hp..0.11.534.xLqvHdUzvvE
do i am descendant of all of those or just something is not right?edit on 18-10-2013 by ZakOlongapo because: (no reason given)edit on 18-10-2013 by ZakOlongapo because: (no reason given)