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Old 03-25-2010, 08:15 AM   #1
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New Human Species

Not sure where to post this as there is not "science" section and it's certainly not news about ebook readers.


http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science...IES25_ST_N.htm

"A 40,000-year-old child's pinky bone found in a Siberian cave probably belonged to a previously unknown human species living near modern humans of the era, a gene study reports today."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8583254.stm
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Reminds me of the GEICO Cavemen. Interesting article.
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This is SO tiny! To base an entire new species on? Before DNA analysis this bone would probably have been totally overlooked.
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Amazing!! How do find a 40,000 year old pinky bone in a cave and not think it is just a rock?!
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Amazing!! How do find a 40,000 year old pinky bone in a cave and not think it is just a rock?!
You can tell something is bone when you bite it.

I heard this on NPR this morning. I won't comment on the discovery, but I will say that I almost swooned when NPR host said "Neandertal" not "Neanderthal"
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Reminds me of the GEICO Cavemen. Interesting article.

Unbelievable!!!!

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You can tell something is bone when you bite it.

I heard this on NPR this morning. I won't comment on the discovery, but I will say that I almost swooned when NPR host said "Neandertal" not "Neanderthal"
I hate it when they do that! What drives me crazy is all the variety of pronunciations of al qaeda!!
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I hate it when they do that! What drives me crazy is all the variety of pronunciations of al qaeda!!
Neandertal is the correct pronunciation, FYI.
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This is SO tiny! To base an entire new species on? Before DNA analysis this bone would probably have been totally overlooked.
I believe there was DNA analysis already which is what brought this out. I'll have to check though. It was published in Nature.

Here's the Nature "News" article:

http://www.nature.com/news/2010/1003...l/464472a.html
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Neandertal is the correct pronunciation, FYI.
Ah, yes I think I've heard that but virtually everyone pronounces it ..."thal"
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Amazing!! How do find a 40,000 year old pinky bone in a cave and not think it is just a rock?!
particularly a CHILD's pinky!

Amazing.
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then they should spell it how it sounds.
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