Monday 15 February 2016

Researchers have discovered two new species of early human

FEBRUARY 11, 2016

by Brett Smith

Researchers excavating in South Africa have just uncovered fossils from two previously unidentified species of hominin, or early human.

According to a report on the discoveries in the Journal of Human Evolution, the excavation team found two key specimens, a finger bone and a molar, in a the Sterkfontein Caves, just northwest of Johannesburg.

The study team said the two specimens are part of a set of four specimens, which appear to be from early on hominins. The remains are apparently linked with early stone tool-carrying sediments that came into the cave greater than 2 million years ago.

"The specimens are exciting not only because they are associated with early stone tools, but also because they possess a mixture of intriguing features that raise many more questions than they give answers," study author Dominic Stratford, an archeology lecturer at University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, said in a statement.

ved and died on the Sterkfontein hill more than two million years ago," Stratford said.

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