Oldest Modern Human China Remains From China

Early Human Jawbone from China
Several views of a human jawbone and molars found in a Chinese cave.

National Geographic is running news that Erik Trinkhaus and others have published the findings of the oldest modern human outside of Africa, specifically in China. Not much is given on the locality and specifics of the fossil, but the article does state that the fossil mandible fragment and teeth are 60,000 years older than any other modern human fossil. That leads to some curious questions of interbreeding with other Homo species and curiosities about the presence of modern humans that did not ‘act’ modern… In other words, the archaeological record isn’t quite on the same page.

Hawks hasn’t posted on the paper and find yet, but he is quoted in the National Geographic article saying the mandible dimensions are within range of both Neandertals and modern human. Unsurprisingly, the Out of Africa theory is challenged. I still don’t know what to think of it all, the chin does look very robust.

The PNAS article is not yet published at the time of the National Geographic writing and me blogging this post. Seems like people are still jumping publication embargoes. I shouldn’t have to call out what a cheap shot it is to have sensationalist news getting out before the first hand reports do. I guess things will never change. So until I get my hands on the real paper, I’m just calling it as others are reporting it.

12 thoughts on “Oldest Modern Human China Remains From China

  1. The paper is published: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/10/15/1014386107.

    Also it was reported a year ago that the jaw looked somewhat like modern, with chin and all: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/326/5953/655-a:

    “A fresh find of human fossils claimed to be more than 100,000 years old challenges the prevailing view that our ancestors peopled the world in a migration out of Africa late in the last Ice Age, Chinese scientists say. Other experts, however, argue that it’s far too early to make sweeping claims about the significance of the putative Homo sapiens fossils: a fragment of a lower jawbone and isolated teeth unearthed in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and unveiled there at a press conference earlier this week”.

    The 2009 article went largely ignored because it was “Chinese scientist say” and now is “pope Trinkaus says” instead, regardless that the new paper is also work mostly of Chinese scientists.

    But it’s not such hyper-fresh news anyhow. There’s also a hoard of tools from Japan, of those dates more or less, that might or not be related.

  2. Not surprising since Homo left Africa more than 2 million years ago and there has probably been gene flow between regional human populations in Africa and Eurasia since that time.

    The astoundingly inaccurate molecular clock hypothesis has been dying a slow death for decades now. Its time to put it out of its misery and focus on the realities revealed in the fossil record.

  3. Well, very interesting . Maybe some folks updates are over-due ,in any case ,can’t wait to hear more.

  4. …see my articles on tzopilotl wordpress on the
    guangxi zhuang area, zhuang=cave living, which
    has the oldest humanoid bone horizon outside
    africa at 800k bc.
    i have linked southern chinese=cantonese=
    ca(n)ton-ese(letra)=ca-tona-tiuh(N)=sun being=
    tona-ca=katona(new york)=ka(r)thunen(Finn)=
    founding finnish clan of bear worshippers, an
    original neander/neandra rite, iueli(N)=powerful
    (bear)sacrificed to help sun through winter solstice.
    the guangzhou was settled by archers from the altai mts, neander’s most eastern asian cave area,
    altho the guangzhou is full of limestone caves,
    water, and 44 species of monkeys, the early people
    wove, worship rocks, animals, all linked to a
    neander past.
    ca(n)ton-ese is nauatl, known as, yue/jyut/jyu=
    yuhti(N)=from the beginning=just, justice,
    juh’di(Hebrew=h/th/tepe(b(r)e w/ua=
    tepeua(N)=tepee/mountain/te(m)ple owners)=
    here, in yuhti(Nauatl), we have a bridge word
    connecting east and west with the middle east,
    from the altai mts to guangzhou to mt. carmel, where turtle neanders lived and max planck’s neander cross took place, to the iberian peninsula, hibernia, inverness, neander valley, finlandia.
    one of the interesting fallouts of the yuhti(N)
    word connexion is the tepeua/hebrew tribe,
    when nomads, were in the altai or nearby.
    the lost tribe of israel i have already postulated
    as, the berber mazyes=mazayectli(N)=deer-yes/
    excellent, as, israel=yizrael=yiz=yec-t/l/ra(e)l
    (letra)=yectlalli(N)=yes/the good-land, which,
    can be amplified to include the berber mazyes,
    who have the oldest sister haplo group in europe
    at 50k bc, the start of the nomad deer age by
    euro-glaciation=40k bc, as, mazyectlalli(N)=
    the deer-yes/excellent-land=israel.
    this at a time when the sahara and the
    mideast were green, rainy(tlaloc, the raingod=
    deity of mazatl(N)/deer), when our blood
    religions began, e.g., noma/nomatca/nomatzinco
    (N)=always, still, forever, spontaneous=pont(Lat)=
    mazatl(N/7)was the first venus, jumping
    horizon to horizon, then spelled by the wind/
    weaving goddess, ehecatl(N/2), who birthed
    proto-christ and proto-devil, quetzalcoatl and
    clown(E), later, Anubis(egypt), earlier,
    macui xochitl(N)=macuo xigil(thoreau/maine
    woods)=tobacco god of mexico(the dogwood).
    we will find the out of africa date is just like
    the columbus date, i.e., a book mark but having
    nothing to do with the book, a buoy=poyaua(N)=
    color/illuminate something=poyoy(mayan)=
    skunk=boy(E), young but not in the stream
    of history.
    the real history is the colony of neander caves from the dordogne/iberia/northern europe to eastern europe, crimea, the levant, mideast, russia, the altai, china, even perhaps siberia at 260k bc.

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