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Possible New Human Species Discovered

A new study describes human fossils from southern China that have a blending of modern and archaic features. The fossils date from between 11,500 and 14,500 years ago, a time when it was thought that Neanderthals and all other human species had died out except ours (Homo sapiens). Scientists aren’t sure if the new fossils represent a previously undiscovered human species that lived alongside ours, a group of modern humans that migrated from Africa much earlier than other known migrations, or simply modern humans with unusual features. The report, co-authored by evolutionary biologist Darren Curnoe of the University of New South Wales, appeared online in the journal PLoS One on March 14. The fossilized individuals have been dubbed the Red Deer Cave people after a cave in Yunnan province where several … Read entire article »

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Slumbering Greek Volcano Stirs

Over the past year, Greeks have become accustomed to the feeling of the Earth shifting beneath their feet. Now, it’s not just the economy that’s making them uneasy. Measurements from GPS instruments indicate the ground near the mouth of the island volcano Santorini has deformed by about 2.5 inches since January 2011. In that time, the magma chamber has been growing. The island is what remains of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history 3,600 years ago. It destroyed Minoan settlements and may have inspired the legend of the lost city of Atlantis. According to a post on LiveScience.com by reporter Stephanie Pappas: If a Santorini eruption did occur, [Andrew] Newman said, it would be nothing like the Minoan eruption of 1650 B.C. that birthed the myth of Atlantis. That eruption … Read entire article »

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