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Homo bodoensis: Discovery of new species of human ancestor! Awesome scientists

By Team YourCoimbatore on 2nd November 2021
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Scientists have discovered a species of human ancestor called ‘Homo bodoensis’ that lived about half a million years ago. The study was conducted by an international team of researchers from the University of Winnipeg and the University of Belgrade. The results of this study have been published in the journal Nature.

“It is impossible to talk about human evolution during this period due to the lack of relevant data to recognize human geographical variation,” says Mirjana Roksandic, the lead researcher in this study. Homo bodoensis lived in Africa during the Middle Pleistocene. They are now also referred to as Chibanians. The word ‘bodoensis’ is derived from a skull found in the Bodo D’ar region of Ethiopia. We must also remember the growth of our own species, the Homo sapiens, and our closest relatives in Europe, the Neanderthals.

“The rules in science must be clear to facilitate communication. They should not be considered complete when they contradict the fossil record, ” said Predrag Radovic, co-author of the study. “Naming a new species is a big deal because the International Commission on Zoological Naming allows name changes only under very strictly defined rules,” says Roksandic.

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