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New Human Species Discovered

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New Human Species Discovered

New Human Species Discovered

New Human Species Discovered

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Researchers report this week that they have found the remains of a group of small hominids that may be a new species of human — one that may have existed on an island near Indonesia as late as 14,000 years ago. The dwarf species of human was found in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. What does it mean to be a "new species?" And does the finding of these proto-humans shake up the human family tree?

Rick Potts, paleoanthropologist. Director, Human Origins Program, National Museum of Natural History.