New prehistoric human unknown to science discovered in Israel

New prehistoric human unknown to science discovered in Israel
Image: Dr. Yossi Zaidner via Jerusalemn Post

[Ed. – Science? Oh, yes, that’s that branch of inquiry that has taken a drubbing during the pandemic.]

A new type of early human previously not known to scientists has been discovered in Israel, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University researchers announced Thursday as their extraordinary findings appeared in the prestigious academic journal Science.

Researchers believe the new “Homo” species intermarried with Homo sapiens and was an ancestor of the Neanderthals.

Tens of thousands of years ago, the busy central region of what is now a densely populated and traffic-jammed part of Israel, was a landscape that very much resembled the African savanna. It featured rhinos, wild horses and cattle and other large animals that were perfect game for ancient hunter-gatherers.

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The site of Nesher Ramla, a few kilometers from the modern-day city, was probably close to a water reservoir where early humans could hunt animals.

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