The species, which has been named naledi, has been classified in the grouping, or genus, Homo, to which modern humans
The ancient man's DNA "shows that there were indeed modern humans
in the area of those Siberian sites who could have made stone tools," says study coauthor Janet Kelso, a Max Planck paleogeneticist.
The first scenario is that Neandertals occasionally interbred with modern humans
after they migrated out of Africa.
In Reassessing Paleolithic subsistence, Morin conducts a detailed analysis of the animal bone remains from the sequence at Saint-Cesaire, which spans the period from the Mousterian of Acheulean Tradition to the Evolved Aurignacian, to explicitly test one explanation for the replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans
htm) Denisovans bred with modern humans
around 50,000 years ago .
They also present evidence that the lines that led to Neanderthals and modern humans
diverged nearly 1 million years ago, much earlier than studies based on molecular evidence have suggested.
The new research suggests modern humans
and Neanderthals may have lived alongside each other for several thousand years.
Meanwhile, the direct ancestors of modern humans
, Homo sapiens, remained and evolved in Africa.
Archaeologists have found artifacts there from modern humans
dating back 37,000 years.
Use of cereals was previously not thought to have developed until some 90,000 years later, when modern human
behaviour began to emerge.
It also indicates that "Mitochondrial Eve" - the African ancestral mother from whom all modern humans
are descended - lived 110,000 to 130,000 years ago.
5 million years ago, an ancestral, species, most likely Homo erectus, had already evolved the feet and walking gait of modern humans