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US News Scientists have discovered new fossils that change the traditional human origin story

22:05  11 december  2017
22:05  11 december  2017 Source:   msn.com

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Their discovery confirmed what earlier fossil findings had introduced as a possible piece of the human origin story : that humankind is merely When new fossils are dug up, a fossil record spanning the ages is there to help scientists figure out where their new discoveries fit into the stories of the earth.

But How? Scientists have discovered a new species of human ancestor deep in a South African cave, adding a baffling new branch to the family tree. What he most wanted to find were fossils that could shed light on the primary outstanding mystery in human evolution: the origin of our genus

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The origin story for modern humans goes that Homo Sapiens evolved in Africa and then migrated out of the continent to the Asian continent in one heaving mass 60,000 years ago. From there, the world. But a new study has put a spanner in the works of the well-worn theory.

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Scientists have possibly discovered the first human ever to walk the Earth, based on an ancient jaw fossil from Ethiopia dating back 2.8 million years ago, according to new research that also reveals the "But it's still too soon to say that this means climate change is responsible for the origin of Homo.

Published in the US science journal Science, researchers argue that modern humans are the result of multiple migrations out of Africa - some 120,000 years ago.

A review of all the literature as well as new fossils discovered in Asia over the past decade appears to support this theory.

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Instead, Homo Sapiens reached parts of the Far East much earlier than first theorised, and have been found in a number of sites in southern and central China dating back to between 70,000 and 120,000 years ago.

Speaking to Phys.org Michael Petraglia, of the Maz Planck Institute for the Science of Human History says:

The initial dispersals out of Africa prior to 60,000 years ago were likely by small groups of foragers, and at least some of these early dispersals left low-level genetic traces in modern human populations.

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In a burial chamber deep within a South African cave system, a team of scientists has discovered 15 partial skeletons — of a completely new human -like species. While further investigation is needed, the finding could change the way we think about ancient human behavior.

A later, major 'Out of Africa' event most likely occurred around 60,000 years ago or thereafter.

In addition, there’s increasing evidence to suggest that modern humans interbred with other ancient hominins, including Neanderthals and our newly discovered relatives, the Denisovans.

A skull recently discovered in China also supports this theory, and adds that early humans intermingled in Asia and Africa, and that modern humans are made up of the DNA of ancestors from both areas.

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