Newly discovered skull could re-write the story of human evolution

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Newly discovered skull could re-write the story of human evolution Empty Newly discovered skull could re-write the story of human evolution

Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:52 am

Newly discovered skull could re-write the story of human evolution Lord3HR-198x300

Whoa:

Our family tree may have just lost a few branches.

A complete skull found in the Eurasian country of Georgia could be evidence that early hominids are actually all members of a single species. The view challenges long-held ideas about human evolution and could upend decades of classifying early hominids into different species, such as Homo erectus, Homo rudolfensis and Homo habilis.

Researchers publishing their analysis of the 1.8 million year old find in Science today argue that the skull’s combination of primitive and more evolved features make it difficult to classify by currently accepted definitions of early hominid species. In addition, variations between the skull and those of other early hominids found at the site are no more significant than differences among modern humans, suggesting the fossils represent one species.
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2013/10/17/hominid-skull-spurs-radical-rewrite-of-human-evolution

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