Homo rudolfensis

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Name: Homo rudolfensis
First reported Oct 31 2013 - Updated Oct 31 2013 - 1 reports

Ancient skulls suggests one lineage for early human ancestors

SAN FRANCISCO A "time capsule" from 1.8 million years ago, located in Dmanisi, Georgia, shows variations among five human skulls from that period that suggest long-debated distinctions about early human development may be overblown.The differences between ... [Published McAlester News-Capital - Oct 31 2013]
First reported Oct 20 2013 - Updated Oct 21 2013 - 1 reports

Newly-Discovered Fossilized Skull Could Prove Homo Erectus Sole Human Ancestor

A new discovery of an ancient skull from an ancestor of humans has scientists backtracking from their earlier claims that separate species in Africa were the progenitors of the human race. The skull, found in the Georgian villiage of Dmanisi, ... [Published Breitbart Feed - Oct 20 2013]

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...However, he didn't agree with the group's larger generalization. "They look at this overall cranial shape and say, 'If you look at Homo habilis and erectus, there isn't much more difference," Wood said by telephone. "You can't infer the latter from the former." The reason why Homo habilis and Homo erectus are viewed as distinct isn't just the cranial shape, Wood said. Changes in the wrists and ankles, as well as in leg bones, took place at that time. Merging the classes doesn't make sense even if they share cranial shapes, he said."
The leader of the Dmanisi excavations, David Lordkipanidze, said, "If you found the Dmanisi skulls at isolated sites in Africa, some people would give them different species names. But one population can have all this variation. We are using five or six names, but they could all be from one lineage." Lordkipanidze theorized that the belief that Australopithecus sediba was a direct ancestor of humans was now probably wrong

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