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new discovery shakes theory of evolution

August 10, 2007
clipped from allafrica.com

A Kenyan scientist has made a discovery which brings into question the long-held view of human evolution.

Dr Manthi’s research over seven years suggests that Homo Habilis and Homo
Erectus actually lived close together for half a million years.
The research has been published in the authoritative Nature journal and may lead
to the rewriting of textbooks used to teach students about evolution.

Dr Idle Farah, the director general of the Museums, said Dr Manthi’s discovery was a critical part of the history of the world.

One of the fossils Dr Manthi found is a well-preserved skull of Homo Erectus that dates back 1.55 million years.

It is the smallest Homo Erectus skull found anywhere in the world. Similar skulls have been found in Asia and Europe. The other fossil, dating back 1.44 million years, the researcher said, is the upper jaw bone of Homo Habilis.

Dr Manthi’s discovery suggests that Homo Habilis and Homo Erectus co-existed, making it unlikely that the latter evolved from the former.

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