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    Ancient Human Species Unearthed in the Philippines

    Yesterday researchers published details of the discovery of Homo luzonensis, named after the island of Luzon, who lived 50,000 to 67,000 years ago. The small hominin was identified from six small bones and seven teeth, which are more similar to contemporary humans than to Lucy, the famous australopithecine ancestor discovered in Africa. Luzon is the third island in Southeast Asia in the past 15 years to yield signs of ancient life.

    What does this discovery tell us? It challenges the outdated idea that humans developed in a neat linear progression from less to more advanced.

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