A New Human Ancestor Species Has Been Found… It also had a tail!
Just published by a multinational team of archaeologist, anthropologists and genetics, this shocking study details Homo apriliensis in detail. The building is based on fragments of fossil bones dating back about 50,000 years that were discovered in a cave in Siberia in April of last year.
The fossils consist of a pelvis, femur, coccyx, and a segment of the lower jaw. The fossils were originally thought to belong to our ancestors, Homo sapiens, but later DNA analysis revealed that they were indeed human, but of a different kind.
According to the Ancient assets, The new species was named Homo apriliensis, which is the same genus Homo as us.
In their DNA there are genetic traces of two other species, Denisovan and Homo sapiens, indicating that the three species had heterogeneous interbreeding at some point.
Human aprilensis has visible traces of a small tail.
However, according to Professor John Bennett, who teaches in the Department of Archeology at the University of Sheffield (UK) and Director of the British School in Athens (Greece), who is one of the main authors of the study, the extra part of the body remains as if it were an ancient remnant of normal evolution.
It is similar to the appendix or wisdom tooth in modern humans.
The modern human fetus also has a tail in the first four parts, after it absorbs it by the body and leaves a trace of the coccyx.
With Homo apriliensis, the tail fetus is not completely absorbed but retains a small portion at the birth of the body. It is the first type of genus to have a tail.
The traces of the tail were discovered a year before the remains were discovered, she said Science Times.
However, the published evidence that we and our Homo sapiens interbreed this time is shocking.
According to the authors, this is the most important discovery related to human origin in the past 100 years.
These are the early search results. They are looking at a number of other issues such as when and how the species became extinct, with more results expected to be released next year.