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New human species identified from Philippines

IANS  |  Sydney 

Australian researchers have identified a new species of human from remains found in a cave in the

Rainer Grun, of Griffith's Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, used uranium series analysis to date the teeth and bones of three small hominid individuals, a child and two adults, found in Callao Cave on Luzon Island, the reported.

The 50,000-year-old remains belong to a now extinct species of human which the team have named Homo luzonensis.

Three-dimensional methods and geometric morphometrics analyses show Homo luzonensis as having some attributes similar to modern humans, as well as some more suited to our distant cousins, Australopithecus.

The discovery is the oldest of human remains in the and contributes to a changing picture of how and when Homo sapiens came to dominate the planet.

"There have been a lot of finds in this area that were not meant to be there," Grun said.

Recent discoveries of other human species like Homo floresiensis, also in the and Homo naledi in shows these groups existed much more recently than was thought.

"The idea that at the time there were modern humans and Homo erectus in the area but no other species no longer holds up," Grun said.

"We now know that there are actually a number of different human species that were existing alongside each other," he added.

According to the team, the study underlines the major role played by Island in the evolutionary history of hominins.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 13:14 IST
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