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Scientists may have discovered a new human relative. It lived on a tiny island in the Philippines at the same time as Homo Sapiens.

Scientists may have discovered a new human relative. It lived on a tiny island in the Philippines at the same time as Homo Sapiens.




Anthropologists may have discovered a new human relative in the Philippines.




Named Homo luzonensis after the island it was discovered on, this ancient hominin lived between 50,000 and 67,000 years ago.




A new study discusses how H. luzonensis shares traits with both older human ancestors like Australopithecus and Homo erectus, and also modern-day humans.




Not all anthropologists are convinced it is a new species, but the discovery indicates this time period in our evolutionary history was far more complicated that scientists thought.



In a hidden cave in the heart of the Philippine jungle, archaeologists have discovered a new human relative.
At the northern tip of the Philippines lies the tiny island of Luzon, and some 50,000 years ago, an ancient hominin species lived and thrived there, according to a study published April 10 in the journal Nature.
Hominins are any ancestors in the human lineage (including modern-day Homo sapiens) who are more closely related to each other than they are to chimpanzees. That includes everything from stone tool-wielding Homo erectus to our Neanderthal cousins.
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