This just in from the “I can’t even make up the kind of s#*t that scientists discover every day” department.
Of course, the home sapiens sapiens elites in Calgary and Edmonton will sneer, but I think this brings us one step closer to getting a degree-granting institution in Red Deer!
This skull, found in a cave in China’s Guangxi province, may be that of a hitherto undiscovered species of humanoid who lived between 14,500 and 11,500 years ago. These Red Deer People, named after one of the sites where the remains were found, could represent the latest humanoid species to coexist with humans.
“We’re trying to be very careful at this stage about definitely classifying them” -Dr Darren Curnoe, University of New South Wales, Australia
Researchers are being cautious placing the Red Deer People in the grand scheme of classifications but many are already referring to them as an entirely new species. Traditionally species are separated from one another by the lack of ability to interbreed, that is not thought to be the case with the Red Deer People, who, in all likelihood, could have been perfectly capable of interbreeding with humans.
The Red Deer People would be the latest addition to our evolutionary family tree, joining the Neanderthals, discovered in Germany 150 years ago and the Denisovans, discovered in Siberia in late 2010. Based on the age of the remains, the Red Deer People survived until the very end of the last Ice Age, some 11,000 years ago — unlike the Neanderthals, who went extinct 20,000 years before that. Their relatively recent extinction means that the Red Deer People coexisted with Homo sapiens and could possibly have even interacted with them.