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In Groundbreaking Find, Three Kinds of Early Humans Unearthed Living Together in South Africa

By Brian Handwerk/Smithsonianmag.com

Scientists studying the roots of humanity’s family tree have found several branches entangled in and around a South African cave.

Two million years ago, three different early humans—AustralopithecusParanthropus, and the earliest-known Homo erectus—appear to have lived at the same time in the same place, near the Drimolen Paleocave System. How much these different species interacted remains unknown. But their contemporaneous existence suggests our ancient relations were quite diverse during a key transitional period of African prehistory that saw the last days of Australopithecus and the dawn of H. erectus’s nearly two-million-year run.

“We know that the old idea, that when one species occurs another goes extinct and you don’t have much overlap, that’s just not the case,” says study coauthor Andy Herries, a paleoanthropologist at La Trobe University in Australia.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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  1. I remember all these names from Anthro 101 – a long time ago but I also remember when I found out about the Folks that lived in the Americas 8000 yrs ago – that were 7 – 8 – 9 —–17 feet tall The Mound people – funny how the SmithZonia has covered this up – lol – Thanks Carol – good read.