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New fossil skull from Africa reveals tangled roots at base of the human family tree

New fossil skull from Africa reveals tangled roots at base of the human family tree

By Brian Vastag, Wednesday, August 8, 10:39 AM

A two million-year-old flat-faced skull pulled from the sandstones of east Africa has shored up claims that at least three species of early humans once co-existed in an “evolutionary experiment” that saw an explosive increase in brain size paired with radically different faces, teeth, and jaws.

While the new partial skull and two newly found jawbones look radically different from modern humans, they match an enigmatic, nearly complete skull found 40 years ago that paleoanthropologists have long struggled to fit into the human family tree.

Together, the new finds and the puzzling skull describe a species of early humans clearly distinct from two others known from fossils from the same period, said Meave Leakey, the 70-year-old paleoanthropologist who led the team that discovered the fossils.

The “base of the human lineage was indeed diverse,” Leakey said from her longtime home at the Turkana Basin Institute in northern Kenya. Her colleagues made the finds near there.

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Never ever. You can;t prove that.

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Free includes debt-free!

Breeding

It's been proven by selective breeding over thousands of years Paul.

How many new species have been created by Dog, Cat, Cow, Horse, etc breeders? NONE. And None ever will be. They die out as sterile once a line is crossed.

Look it up. Google is your friend.

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. - Ben Franklin

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Breeding dogs for specific traits is just that, and not evolution. You are simply switching on/off traits that are already part of the genetic information within the dog, not creating a separate species. Mostly, I just don't like attaching the word faith, or anyone else, to a belief or understanding that is free of emotional basis. I shouldn't have typed above that I have faith in gravity such, more like trust.

Both of you prove something very wonderful.

People from extremely different world views can all agree that sound money, humble foreign policy, and smaller government is the only way to save our republic. No matter what the personal beliefs, that wonderful thing we call liberty brings us all together. Although i tend to side with K on this one.

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Word.

"that wonderful thing we call liberty brings us all together"

^^This is why I am so ardently opposed to people posting personal opinions that repulse people away, away from this movement back to greater liberty. Liberty is universal, spreads across all individuals.

Sorry, poorly worded.

"that wonderful thing we call liberty brings us all together"

^^I am in complete agreement with this, and is why I am so ardently opposed to people posting personal opinions that repulse people that are dipping their toe into the liberty movement. I love our freedom of speech, I am not advocating censorship. I am advocating that we please exercise or freedom of speech on this forum with tact considering we are representing and promoting liberty to a very diverse population. Liberty excludes no individual. Comments that alienate anyone have a way of irking me, especially when I see such a comment is my own.

It is good practice

For the exercise of tolerance. We, as a group disagree of many many things. The fact that millions of us can come together and say we agree on Liberty is a wonderful display of the value of liberty itself.