12 votes

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.

Read more:

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

I call BS on this. read

I call BS on this. read Gensis Chapter 6 and the book of enoch. this will tell you exactly why we see these "anomolies"

Where did you get the Book of Enoch?

Has it been found? Would love to read it!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Okay. Now where did you get the Book of Enoch?

All I saw in your links was somebody telling me about a "new translation" of a Book that is among the Lost Books. How can there be a NEW translation when the Book of Enoch is MIA and has NEVER been translated in the first place.

What am I missing here... besides the Book of Enoch?

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Everyone Should Read These 2 Books!!

Everyone Should Read These 2 Books!!

The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books Of Eden
The Books Of Enoch (A compilation of all his books)


Go to Google and Punch In "The Books Of Enoch" or The Lost

books of Eden..I read these books 30 years ago...They will bring tears to your eyes...Believe me!


The Books Of Enoch...A Compilation (Amazon Books)

The Books Of Enoch...A Compilation (Amazon Books)


Nonna, I sent you a link which may be of some help to you..enjoy

Nonna, I sent you a link which may be of some help to you..enjoy!


Looks wonderful!

Lots of interesting stuff on there for me to read.

If memory serves me correctly, and I must admit to having senior moments, you were my very first friend on DP.

Thanks for that link!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

go to the very bottom and

go to the very bottom and find where you can down load it..


I really appreciate your doing that for me. I didn't realize there was a copy in Ethiopia. That is interesting, too, since the Coptic Church claims the Ark of the Covenant is in Ethiopia and it is guarded 24/7. Got lots to read now. Thanks, again, SIERRAHPBT!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

I would steer clear of that book

If you do your research you'll find lots of errors in it, plus it's origin is from occult center of the world in egypt from what people are saying.


many would make that same claim about the Torah, the Bible, The Quran, book of Mormon, and any/every other holy book out there.

There's very little point in discussing the validity of ancient books. They were all written to provide insight and knowledge... no two people will even interpret the same stories the same way. Many will cling to one version of events as the only possible solution and others will claim that all of the stories contradict each other and must therefore be inaccurate.

I spent years arguing religious/philosophical ideologies with people of all different belief-structures. When it comes to spirituality, it's the only example I've ever found where Truth is subjective.

At their inceptions, the #Liberty, #OccupyWallStreet and #TeaParty movements all had the same basic goal... What happened?

Thanks for the warning, CoreyB

I have a pretty good background in the philosophies of religion and in the sacred writings of various sources. I've read some bs over the years and was usually able to see it for what it was. But, hidden knowledge is nothing to be afraid of. I believe God leads you to the next step when you are ready to handle it. Problems come when the reader takes things at face value and sees those things with his own culture and background, instead of the culture and background of the writer.

Moses was educated in the mystery religion of Egypt and gave us God's commandments based on that background. The Coptic faith has been around a lot longer than a lot of Christian sects and has it roots at the source of Christianity, in the Middleast. I would trust that before I would trust a Christian religion that teaches Jesus drank grape juice and not wine.

God leads those who seek Him and guides them to where they should be. We are all equal, but not all the same. That's why we are not all on the same path to reach the same goal. Whatever works for one, may not work for another.

I appreciate the warning. I know you meant that out of love and concern. Not to worry. I'm okay.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Be it far from me to point

Be it far from me to point out the obvious but dogs come from dogs cats from cats etcetc. Your brainwashed. I say it without malice.

My brainwashed what?


Your brainwashed dog

thinks he belongs to a neotenous sub-species of the gray wolf. Your doggy can still interbreed with a gray wolf, although intermarriage between sub-species is frowned upon by Republicans. If your dog has read up on the Siberian silver fox , he might even have a pretty good idea how the neoteny was selected for.

Ĵīɣȩ Ɖåđşŏń

"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

You can't prove that that is always the case.

Absence of proof to the contrary is not proof positive.

That makes the brainwashed claim a little thin.

Free includes debt-free!

Why does it matter?

I know it's wise to learn from the past, but seriously, what impact does digging up these skulls have on solving today's civilization problems?

These are skulls of creatures from primitive civilizations.

To the point, all the hubbub not only distract us from real advancement, but also feeds the race trolls. People want to fight over who was here first...as if that grants them special rank.

Show me fossils and ruins of previous advanced civilizations. Then you are onto something useful.

I feel the same about the Big Bang theory, religious stories of creation, evolution theory, etc. They distract us from improving OUR reality. It doesn't matter where we came from. What matters is where we are going.

How to tell human skull from animal skull?

Isn't it based on "facial characteristics"? So if they found a really odd skull - how do they know it's human if it doesn't fit normal human characteristics? Perhaps it's the skull of an animal, a mangled human or a deformed human (similar to elephant man). Sometimes scientist make great leaps of knowledge and faith across vast spans of "two million" years...
And we just landed on Mars too...wow, man is amazing.

Too bad he can't stop wars, cure cancer, or alleviate poverty?
I'd be more impressed.

Wars and poverty will always

Wars and poverty will always be with us. Cancer... too early to tell.

There is a lot of good

There is a lot of good evidence that modern humans have been on the Earth for many millions of years (see "Forbidden Archeology" by Cremo & Thompson). This evidence is as sound as any evidence of a more recent emergence, but is buried because it doesn't fit within the established evolutionary paradigm.

A striking example are the Laetoli footprints from Tanzania dated 3.6 - 3.8 million years ago. Thy are INDISTINGUISHABLE from modern human footprints.

Evolution is not science, it is religion!

It requires FAR more FAITH (and imagination) to beleive in evolution than Creation.
There simply is NO transitionary trail.
Specie metamorphasis NO.

A patriot must always be prepared to defend his country from his government.

Man has created new species in the laboratory.

If a lump of clay that showed up 6,000 years ago can manage it then nature and a billion years seems plausible.

Free includes debt-free!

my point exactly. Man has (errantly) altered DNA in order

to alter a specie (not create a new one).
And it is not the first time.
The last time it happened, God had to flood the entire world to destroy the "abominations" that had been created. Only one mans family did NOT have their DNA contaminated by whatever process they were using to "enhance" themselves: Noah and his family.
Read: Apollion Rising 2012 by Tom Horn
No record of a transitionary Spicies exists because the genetic code is Digital, NOT analog. Naturally occuring change in the code is self cancelling. Reproduction will NOT occur.
Evolution is a complete and total Hoax, a farce, a lie, a mis nomer, a fraud, a life cheapening God cancelling trick concocted by the elite to put you in a matrix of control and hierarchy and prejudice.
The truth is there, like a splinter in your mind..

A patriot must always be prepared to defend his country from his government.

Don't bother. If it weren't

Don't bother.

If it weren't for the Dark ages, where would we be today?

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

"Adaptation;yes. Specie

Specie metamorphasis NO."


If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

Humans are an alian experiment

Investigate who built the pyramids (and not only the ones in Egypt), Clue: it wasn't humans with no tools.

yes... read genesis chapter

yes... read genesis chapter 6. that is who built the pyramids.



Freedom Lovers Unite : to bring in our last chance for what was a great country back again into the hands of the people.