Does Homo erectus have a distant cousin?

A previously unknown human species has been unearthed in the Callao Cave of Luzon. Homo luzonensis is named after the Island Luzon in Philippines, where their first traces are to be found.

An excavation of the cave back in 2007 had led to the discovery of a bone as old as 67,000 years. The origin of the bone to the human ancestral lineage was however still doubtful. A recent discovery of seven teeth and five different bones dating back to 50,000 and 67,000 years has caused a stir in the field of Anthropology.  Scientific Journal, Nature, reports Luzonensis as a distant relative of the human species. The study found unusual characteristics on the remnants. The teeth in particular formed the main focus of attention. It revealed that the species had fewer common elements to the human contemporaries but bore resemblances to the ancient species in Africa.

Reports suggest, the researchers also contemplated on their commute to the island. The fossil analysis has raised several questions on the previously believed linear view of human evolution. Earlier proofs confirmed that the evolution of humans began from Homo erectus. The latest discovery makes anthropologists ponder if Homo luzonensis who inhabited the Philippine Island, was a lost cousin species to Homo erectus.