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“It is certainly possible that the Maludong femur represents a new species,” they report.
“The problem at present is that there simply aren’t many pre-modern femora from East Asia with which to compare the Maludong specimen.
The finds harkened back to the sensational discovery made in 2003 on the island of Flores in Indonesia, where scientists recovered and identified skeletal remains of another unusual species of human with archaic features—, popularly known as the “hobbit”.
Find it on Join us on a dig at the Haynie site, a Chaco outlier!Archaeologists stored these fossils away and they remained unexamined for nearly two decades. That is, until 2008, when an international team consisting of scientists from Chinese and Australian institutions began to study them in earnest.What the new team uncovered in their analyses would prove to be nothing less than extraordinary.The unusually primitive nature of the bones, coupled with their relatively young age, has raised some startling implications—and this discovery is expected to be controversial because, until now, it had been thought that the youngest pre-modern humans on mainland Eurasia - the Neanderthals of Europe and West Asia, and the 'Denisovans' of southern Siberia - died out about 40,000 years ago, soon after modern humans entered the region.The new find shows that at least one pre-modern species overlapped in time with modern humans in mainland East Asia for tens of thousands of years.“The Maludong individual might represent a relic, tropically adapted, pre-modern population that survived relatively late in the biogeographically complex region of southwest China,” reported Curnoe, Ji and colleagues.
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