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Thread: Fossils Of Red-Deer Cave People Discovered In Maludong, China

  1. #1 Fossils Of Red-Deer Cave People Discovered In Maludong, China 
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    "Fossils from two caves in Southwest China have revealed a previously unknown Stone Age people, which scientists are calling “Red-deer Cave people” because they hunted extinct red deer and cooked them in caves at Maludong.

    Dated to just 14,500 to 11,500 years old, The fossils show a highly unusual mix of archaic and modern anatomical features and are the youngest of their kind ever found in mainland East Asia.

    These people would have shared the landscape with modern-looking people at a time when China’s earliest farming cultures were beginning, says an international team of scientists led by Associate Professor Darren Curnoe, of the University of New South Wales, and Professor Ji Xueping of the Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology." - Stone Age Fossils Of Red-Deer Cave People Discovered In Maludong, China

    Original paper: LINK.

    Very interesting indeed this! It seems though that excavations had been done decades ago, but scientists only got around to extracting the fossils from the rock now. Why on earth would that be?

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    Very interesting!

    THe time delay in study is possibly due to lack of funding and the normal process of bringing everything home from a dig and then slowly working through the fossils.

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