22 dic. 2015

Could Ancient Hominids have Survived into the Ice Age?

A recent study has made a controversial analysis of a fossilized femur, originally excavated from Southwest China's Maludong (‘Red Deer Cave’) in 1989. The study says that the small leg bone in question originally belonged to an early hominid, such as Homo habilis or Homo erectus, and is only estimated to be 14,000 years old, along with other remains retrieved from the site. However, this find presents a problem for paleontologists: hominids such as this are thought to have gone extinct roughly 1.5 million years ago.

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