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Fossils from Northern Kenya show that a new species of human lived two million years ago, researchers say.

The discoveries suggests that at least three distinct species of humans co-existed in Africa.

The research adds to a growing body of evidence that runs counter to the popular perception that there was a linear evolution from monkey to ape to modern human.

The research has been published in the journal [i]Nature[/i].

Anthropologists have discovered three human fossils that are between 1.78 and 1.95 million years old. The specimens are of a face and two jawbones with teeth.

The finds back the view that a skull found in 1972 ago is of a separate species of human, known as [i]Homo rudolfensis[/i]. The skull was markedly different to any others from that time. It had a relatively large brain and long flat face.

With the discovery of the three new fossils researchers can say with more certainty that [i]H.rudolfensis[/i] really was a separate type of human that existed around two million years ago alongside other species of humans.

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2 million years old and extinct?

Hardly new! :p

[i]Glassed Silver:win[/i]

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The skull was markedly different to any others from that time. It had a relatively large brain and long flat face.

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It is a good thing that they don't exist anymore, otherwise our type would have "racist" the hell out of them.

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Homo's aren't extinct :shiftyninja:
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lol "linear evolution"

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