Scientists believe they have proof that challenges the popular theory that the human race in its current form evolved from ancient primates in a singular, linear progression.
A recent archaeological find in the northern part of Kenya produced three human fossils. The research done on the fossils adds to the hypothesis that argues there were once multiple species of humans co-existing in Africa approximately 2 million years ago.
The three fossils, aged between 1.78 and 1.95 million years old, consist of a face and two jawbones with teeth according to BBC News. These bones differ from the ones belonging to the Homo erectus, the human ancestor from whom modern humans descend.
Responsible for the important Kenyan findings is a team led by Meave Leakey. Leakey is the daughter-in-law of the famous scientist Louis Leakey. She and her team found facial bones from one organism and two jawbones from two different organisms, totaling three different species altogether. They are certain that these bones are not another example of the Homo erectus, because the bones’ composition does not match that of the erectus. With no similarities to draw from, that team of scientists says these discoveries must come from another flat-faced species with large teeth, according to the National Post. the entire article