Researchers in Israel identified a previously unknown type of ancient human that lived alongside our species over 1,00,000 years ago.
Researchers believe the remains uncovered near Ramla city represent one of the "last survivors" of a very ancient human group, evidence of a previously unknown archaic Homo population known as the “Nesher Ramla Homo”
The findings consist of a partial skull and jaw from an individual, who lived between 1,20,000 and 1,40,000 years ago.
According to science magazine this indicates the presence of a previously unrecognized group of hominins representing the last surviving populations of Middle Pleistocene Homo in Europe, southwest Asia, and Africa.
The journal also stated “Nesher Ramla Homo was an efficient hunter of large and small game, used wood for fuel, cooked or roasted meat, and maintained fires. These findings provide archaeological support for cultural interactions between different human lineages during the Middle Palaeolithic, suggesting that admixture between Middle Pleistocene Homo and H. sapiens had already occurred by this time.”