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This message also was rejected before I went back to the old version:
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 95 00:38:00 UTC
Subject: NEW HOMINID
It's not a dino, but it was interesting, so here it is (all of it):
Early human migrated to Europe sooner than thought
By Joanne Kenen
WASHINGTON (Reuter) - Archeological findings in northern Spain
strongly suggest that early humans migrated to Europe far earlier
than previously believed, scientists said Thursday.
A site in Spain called Gran Dolina, part of a honeycomb of
limestone caves at Atapuerca, was the site of early bones and stone
tools that date back 780,000 years -- about 250,000 years earlier
than human ancestors were believed to have found their way to
A description of the findings and the geological techniques used to
date them appear in twin papers in Friday's edition of the journal
"This has enormous implications for human evolution in Europe,"
Josep Pares, a geomagnetist at the Institute of Earth Sciences in
Barcelona and guest researcher at the University of Michigan, said
in a telephone interview from Ann Arbor.
Anthropologists generally agree that human life originated in
Africa and that early humans or hominids began migrating to Asia and
the Middle East about 1.5 million years ago.
Until this find, no archaeological sites in Europe were believed to
be more than a half-million years old.
The early human bones appear very primitive and might be a new
species of distant ancestors of the better known Neanderthals who
inhabited Europe hundreds of thousands of years later, wrote Eudald
Carbonell of the University of Tarragona, a team leader and
co-author of the study.
"Enlargement of the sample in the future may result in naming of a
new species," he wrote.
The stone tools were also more primitive than the hand axes early
humans were making in Africa at that time.
The fragmented remains represent at least four early humans, or
hominids, including an adolescent and a child.
If the dates hold up to further study and analysis by others, the
researchers said the implications are enormous.
"We now have good dates, hominids, tools, and fauna where we had
nothing before. We've gone from zero to 100 percent," Clark Howell,
an anthropologist at the University of California at Berkeley, told
Even these researchers at first did not suspect quite how old Gran
Dolina was until Pares did a more elaborate study of the
magnetization of 11 layers of rocks that create a geological
calender in the earth.
"The archeologists were finding so many human remains, they asked
me to restudy this," he said.
That's all the info I have.