New human species found

New human species found
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Image via BPR)

[Ed. – It’s near-human anyway. We’ve obtained a picture of it.]

In a handful of fossilized teeth and bones, scientists say they’ve found evidence of a previously unknown human species that lived in what is now the Philippines about 50,000 years ago. The discovery deepens the mystery of an era when the world was a melting pot of many different human kinds on the move.

Small-jawed with dainty teeth, able to walk upright but with feet still shaped to climb, these island creatures were a mix-and-match patchwork of primitive and advanced features in a unique variation of the human form, the scientists reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.

“Evolution creates mosaics of traits like this,” said anthropologist Matt Tocheri at Canada’s Lakehead University and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Human Origins Program in Washington, D.C., who wasn’t involved in the project. The report makes “a good case that this is something new that we have not seen before,” he said.

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