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New species of hominid found: undated fossils from South Africa resemble genus Homo.
Fossils retrieved from an underground cave in South Africa may represent a previously unknown species of the human genus, Homo.
The fossils come from at least 15 individuals recovered from a 30-meter-deep pit, says a team led by paleoanthropologist Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The skeletal remains display a novel mix of humanlike features and more apelike traits characteristic of 2-million- to 4-million-year-old hominids from the genus...
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