Remains of archaic hominins from southwest China (Curnoe et al, 2012). They were around when villages and towns were arising in the Middle East. Recent findings have confirmed the ‘Out of Africa’ model of human origins, but only in part. The model diverges from actual prehistory on two main points. One is that modern humans picked up archaic admixture as they spread out of Africa and into Eurasia.
Human Remains from the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition of Southwest China Suggest a Complex Evolutionary History for East Asians. 2012. D. Curnoe, et al. PLoS ONE 7(3): e31918 Fossils from two caves in south-west China have revealed... Read Post
This is an extremely important find, as it shows the late persistene of archaic humans in East Asia down to Holocene. Archaic humans of the same apparent age have recently been published in Nigeria and there are many finds with a mi... Read Post