Friday, March 16, 2012


A new PLoS ONE journal article studies recently-discovered humanoid remains which may be an evolutionary offshoot of Homo sapiens. The skeletons, discovered in caverns in the South-west of China, feature large jaws  (absent chin) and molars, eminent brow ridges, robust bone structure, and flat faces. Caches of fossilized remains from giant prehistoric deer suggest that venison comprised a significant portion of these early humans' diet. The big question now is one of taxonomy: will the "red deer cave people" be classified as a phenotypic anomaly, or a new human species? 

Read the full journal article here:
Human Remains from the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition of Southwest China Suggest a Complex Evolutionary History for East Asians

Related secondary sources:
National Geographic
Live Science


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