February 7, 2013
Unique Physical Features Seen In Southeastern European Human Ancestors May Be Because Of Lack Of Geographical Isolation
Public Library of Science
A fragment of human lower jaw recovered from a Serbian cave is the oldest human ancestor found in this part of Europe, who probably evolved under different conditions than populations that inhabited more western parts of the continent at the same time, according to research published February 6 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by William Jack Rink of McMaster University, Canada, and the international team under the direction of DuÅ¡an MihailoviÄ, University of Belgrade, Serbia, and Mirjana Roksandic, University of Winnipeg, Canada.
Roksandic explains that their study confirms the importance of southeast Europe as a 'gate to the continent' and one of the three main areas where humans, plants and animals sought refuge during glaciations in prehistoric times. She adds, "We have very few fossils of hominins in general from this time, a period that was critical for shaping the appearance and evolution of uniquely human morphology and behaviors."
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