Scientists have discovered a new species of human, distinct from our own, which lived in caves in China in the Stone Age.
Fossil remains of the mysterious 11,500-year-old people were discovered in south-west China.
Analysis of the find has only now revealed their true significance, opening what scientists have dubbed “the next chapter in the human evolutionary story”.
The bones display an unusual mix of ancient and modern anatomical features, as well as some characteristics not seen before.
Scientists believe they may have belonged to a previously unknown species, distinct from that of modern humans, Homo sapiens.
However, they remain cautious about how to classify the “red deer people” – so called because they hunted extinct red deer.
Lead researcher Professor Darren Curnoe, from the University of New South Wales in Australia, said: “These new fossils might be of a previously unknown species, one that survived until the very end of the Ice Age around 11,000 years ago.
“Alternatively, they might represent a very early and previously unknown migration of modern humans out of Africa, a population who may not have contributed genetically to living people.”
Controversy still surrounds the discovery of miniature extinct humans dubbed “hobbits” on the Indonesian island of Flores.
The 3ft 6inch creatures, which may have inhabited the island as recently as 12,000 years ago, have been given their own species name, Homo floresiensis.
But some experts insist they were abnormally formed modern humans.
Another puzzle emerged in 2010 with the discovery of a new human species called the Denisovans. Not only were they once widespread across Eurasia, but there is evidence that they interbred with modern humans around 50,000 years ago.
The new research, published in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE, once again places human evolution in Asia under the spotlight.
Remains of at least three “red deer people” were found at Maludong – the name means “Red Deer Cave” – near the city of Mengzi in Yunnan Province in 1989.
They were left unstudied until research began in 2008 involving scientists from six Chinese and five Australian institutions.
A Chinese geologist discovered a fourth partial skeleton in 1979 in another cave near the village of Longlin, in the neighborring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
It remained encased in a block of rock until its removal by the international team.
Here’s some Red Deer people teeth:
Despite containing more than half the world’s population, scientists still know little about how modern humans evolved there after settling in Eurasia some 70,000 years ago.
Scientific attention on human origins has mostly focused on Europe and Africa.
Until now, the only human fossils less than 100,000 years old found in mainland eastern Asia have resembled those of Homo sapiens.
This suggested the region was devoid of human species until the arrival of modern humans. If the new fossils really do belong to a separate species, it would prove this assumption wrong.
“The discovery of the red deer people opens the next chapter in the human evolutionary story – the Asian chapter – and it’s a story that’s just beginning to be told,” said Prof Curnoe.
CREDIT: Peter Schouten for artist’s reconstruction of the Red Deer Cave People
Charles Choi, LiveScience
18 thoughts on “CHINESE DISCOVER NEW HUMAN SPECIES”
Chinese peoples are always step forward in latest discoveries, and i also think very soon they disclose all the secrets…………………………
I have an idea for the scientific name for the species: Homo Atlantea.
They look scary a little…
What are the faith of the modern human and the red deer people, who we all think truely are the evolutionary trait to new humans. Can they inter breed with modern humans? if they can, what would the offspring be?
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Can we say nature has re-acted on the red deer human thereby,causing the formation of modern human?
On the other hand,can we say the red deer species are totally different from the modern human?that is,after the destruction of the red deer species,modern humans are newly created.
The red deer hunters looks kul n tanx to d scientist for the new discovery.
so which language do they speak?
These species may just be out of phase during the interbreeding @ the ice age but since they have dual xtis it shows that they stoped @ a stage, probably stone
Is there really any difference between the ‘red deer people’ and the modern man? The ‘red deer man’ simply looked like and ugly modern man who had not shaved for long, and does ‘hard’ jobs under the scourching sun…though, his neck region seemed thicker.
Did the new discoved species talked or show a sign of understanding?
since d red deer creatures is discorvered nw i believe there is going 2 b more interesting facts about how it has come 2 existence during thorouh research
may be all this new species come from other planet
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Is this the species that got nicknamed The Hobbit?
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