A new type of humans fell off the family tree 30,000 years ago – TOL, UK

Homo-Floresiensis (Times OL)We have the Ramayana and the Mahabharata – great epics. Yesterday, there was an article insisting on the being of the “Vaanar’s” @ the Ramayana period. The author had simply put forth the idea of Vaanar’s being humans (nar) living in forests (Van) – who would be called as Vaanar’s in the whole epic.

Interestingly, a new artcile comes up on the Nature Magazine, reviewed @ TimesOnline. Here we go.

A new species of ancient human that lived side by side with Homo sapiens and Neanderthals as recently as 30,000 years ago has been discovered, rewriting the history of humanity’s spread around the world.

The creature, nicknamed “X-woman” by researchers, is the first human cousin to be identified purely from a DNA sample — extracted from a bone fragment of a little finger found two years ago in a Siberian cave.

The discovery, which has amazed and delighted scientists, shows that the human family was more diverse in prehistoric times than had been appreciated. It suggests that many different kinds of humans left Africa separately and then thrived for thousands of years, before Homo sapiens emerged as the sole survivor.

via Fingerbone points to a new type of human who fell off the family tree 30,000 years ago – Times Online.

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