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Landmark Discovery: A New Species Of Ancient Human
Light pours into Callao Cave, site of the archaeological find. Source: Warrendering/CC 4.0

Researchers digging in a cave in the Philippines have excavated bones and teeth that they believe belonged to a human species previously unidentified by scientists. Named Homo luzonensis, this small-stature human lived 50,000 to 67,000 years ago, on the island of Luzon. The remains show a surprising mix of characteristics, challenging the idea that human progression happened neatly, from primitive to modern.

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