Scientists unexpectedly made a discovery which in future may change the idea about the history of human evolution.
In China, paleontologists have discovered the remains of a probably still unknown species of people. These people lived in southern China from 11 to 14 thousand years ago.
Paleontologists have discovered the bones of at least five individuals. The remains of the first three were found in 1989 in the red Deer cave in Yunnan province.
Since then, scientists call them “people of the cave of red Deer”. Another skeleton was later found in the vicinity of the village Lonline in the Guangxi Autonomous region, reports the BBC .
In an article published in the journal PLoS One, paleontologists, however, write that while it is impossible to say whether these remains are still unknown of man or not.
A distinctive feature of “the man from deer cave” is the structure of the skull – cranial region: skull: round, low superciliary ridges. The face was small and flat, wide nose.
A distinctive feature of the “man from reindeer cave” was the structure of the skull
The lower jaw was jutting forward strongly, with the structure of the neck was completely “modern”. In General, according to scientists, the structure of the skeleton is a kind of “mix” – from prehistoric and modern man.
“We try to be very careful now, trying to identify it. The problem is that, oddly enough, we don’t have a precise definition of ourselves – homo sapiens,” said one of the project participants, an employee of the University of New South Wales Darren Carnot .
Scientists also believe that these people were above Neanderthal in its development. Thus, the tomogram of the skull showed that the frontal parts of the brain were to be similar to those we have today. However, the parietal portion was quite undeveloped.
Found the remains of from 11.5 to 14.3 thousand years.
Now scientists have three versions of the origin of the “man from deer cave”. “They might have appeared as a result of mixing a “reasonable person” with other, less developed types that inhabited this territory,” – said Dr. Isabelle De Groot from London’s natural history Museum.
Note, currently, scientists are trying to obtain DNA samples from the remains of “people of the reindeer caves”.
According to Darren Carnot, whoever these people were, the fact that their remains were found, may shed light on human development.