Wednesday, March 24 06:15 pm Reuters Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
Genetic material pulled from a pinky finger bone found in a Siberian cave shows a new and unknown type of pre-human lived alongside modern humans and Neanderthals, scientists reported on Wednesday. The creature, nicknamed "Woman X" for the time being, could have lived as recently as 30,000 years ago and appears only distantly related to modern humans or Neanderthals, the researchers reported. "It really just looked like something we had never seen before," Johannes Krause of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in
The genetic sequence tells scientists little about what the creature would have looked like or whether it interacted with other humans living in the Altai mountains of
There has been a lot of excitement about this small bone in view of were it was found. Could this be the Siberian bigfoot ? I think we need to remember that it is only one small bone and that it will take time to analyse and being so small it may be impossible to get a lot of data from it. Though we all hope that it turns out to be something new , maybe a possible ape/human hybrid(It has been speculated that at the time of the split in the hominins line that apes and humans still sometimes mated), we mustn’t get our hopes too high.