Have you been catching the paleoanthropology headliner today?
I sure have.
What I’ve gathered so far is that two of the Leakeys, along with other authors, are anouncing and describing two hominid fossils their team found, KNM-ER 42700 and KNM-ER 42703 from Ileret east of Lake Tukrana, Kenya. The image to your right is the KNM-ER 42700 calvaria. They go on to analyze and make some pretty bold conclusions. Here’s the most ballsy one,
“two ancestral human species seem to have lived cheek-by-jowl in the same area.”
I’ve rounded up links to articles that covers news of this Nature paper… the original paper should be up tomorrow:
- Twin fossil find adds twist to human evolution – News @ Nature.
- Small fossil skull has big implications for modern humans – Noble Intent.
- Fossils Challenge Linear Evolution – New York Times.
- Finds test human origins theory – BBC News.
- Fossils paint new picture of human evolution – Reuters.
- Ancient skull tangles path of human evolution – CBC News.
I’ll have more on this later, in the mean time check out what Eric has to say over at Primate Diaries.