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Chinese fossils may be new species of human

Fossils found in China may be a previously unknown species of human.

Surprisingly, the fossils are only between 11,500 and 14,500 years old. That means they would have shared the landscape with modern humans when China’s earliest farmers were first appearing.

“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,” said researcher Darren Curnoe, a palaeoanthropologist at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

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Story: Charles Choi, LiveScience | Photo: Darren Curnoe

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