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Human ancestors at West Asian site deemed two species

Disputed fossil study splits a pivotal early Homo species in two

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5:31pm, February 27, 2014

ONE OR TWO  These ancient lower jaws excavated in West Asia come from two different Homo species, a contested study concludes. The assessment conflicts with the proposal by the fossils’ discoverers that they represent a single species.

A controversial fossil and soil analysis concludes that a key West Asian site hosted not one but two Homo species, one living around 1.8 million years ago and another several hundred thousand years later.

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