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Human roots in India.

Human roots in India

In 1982, the upper portion of a hominid skull was found on a river bank in central India. Researchers initially considered the specimen a member of the species Homo erectus, which lived from about 1.6 million to 300,000 years ago.

But a reanalysis of the skull--conducted in 1988 by Kenneth A.R. Kennedy of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., but until now unreported -- indicates it was actually an early form of Homo sapiens. The Indian skull shares "an impressive suite" of anatomical features with archaic Homo sapiens specimens from Africa and Europe, Kennedy says.

Stone hand axes and cleavers found near the Indian hominid closely match stone tools found in Africa that date to between 150,000 and 250,000 years ago, he adds.

Kennedy's findings support the theory that archaic Homo sapiens and anatomically modern humans evolved in several geographic regions, not just in Africa.
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Author:Bower, Bruce
Publication:Science News
Date:Apr 21, 1990
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