STATES CHRONICLE – We, as humans, are kind of the big kahunas on Earth. Sure, we may not be apex predators, but our ingenuity, resilience, and adaptability made us a one of a kind species. Or did it? According to experts, remains of a different species of human were found in China.
The ‘Red Deer Cave people’, as they are known because of the cave where the remains were found, or the Homo floresiensis, were thought to have gone extinct a very long time ago, but new evidence in the form of a thighbone suggests that they might have been alive as recently as the previous Ice Age, meaning roughly 14,000 years ago.
The two species, Homo sapiens and Homo floresiensis, have been known to co-exist for a while, taking different evolutionary routes. However, being less adaptable, the latter was thought to have died out a long time ago.
The new evidence, however, has determined experts to speculate regarding the potential continuation of the old species.
Speculations have started to show up claiming that the species might still be alive somewhere, in the large percentage of the planet that still remains undiscovered.
Since tribes that had no previous contacts with civilization are still occasionally discovered, there are those who claim that it wouldn’t be an impossibility for a tribe of Homo floresiensis to have made their home somewhere, escaped the Ice Age, and continued their lives.
However, the experts behind the discovery and the study, Professor Darren Curnoe from The University of New South Wales, and Ji Xueping from the Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, are skeptical.
They claim that indeed the possibility remains open, and since new species are discovered all the time, why wouldn’t that be the case for humans? However, since only a thighbone was discovered, the possibility is pretty slim.
If such a tribe were to exist, it would probably be situated in a largely unexplored area, such as Siberia, the Amazon, or a desert.
The bone was initially found in 1989, but was kept in a museum in China until recently, when it was examined, and had its true origin revealed.
The Red Deer Cave people are known as such because of the bone being found in the Red Deer Cave in Yunnan Province’s Maludong, and are believed to have had traits similar to those of Homo habilis and Homo erectus.
An assortment of items like tools and butchered bones were also found in the cave, leading the scientists to believe that the species spent a lot of time inside it.
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