Family tree branches out

Family tree branches out
Reconstruction of Homo gautengensis. Photo: Darren Curnoe
(PhysOrg.com) -- UNSW anthropologist Dr Darren Curnoe has identified another new early human ancestor in South Africa ? the earliest recognised species of Homo.

Our has grown once again with the identification of another new species of early human ancestor, based on fresh analysis of a partial skull found decades ago in South Africa's famous Sterkfontein Caves, near Johannesburg.

Identified and named as Homo gautengensis by Dr Darren Curnoe, of the UNSW School of Biological, Earth Environmental Sciences, the surprise finding is the earliest recognised species of Homo. While earlier fossils belong to the genus Homo, none have yet been classified in any species.

The finding will be reported soon in HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology.

Dr Curnoe says the broader significance of the find, like the recent discovery of another new African hominin species Australopithecus sediba - by a team involving UNSW palaeoanthropologist Dr Andy Herries - lies in what it adds to the surprising number of new human and human-like species announced in recent years and the growing complexity of the human evolutionary story.


Explore further

New species of early hominid found

More information: Read the full story in the latest issue of UNSW’s magazine Uniken (p6-8).
Citation: Family tree branches out (2010, May 20) retrieved 23 May 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-family-tree.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

May 20, 2010
I would like to see an application that shows a family tree showing WHAT WE KNOW from WHAT WE've FOUND SO FAR. The user could see the relationships between everything we've found and perhaps click on one specifies for detailed information.

EVOLUTION IS FALSE BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T FOUND "THE MISSING LINK". lol, just kinding and mocking.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more