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2018 preview: Get ready to meet your newest long-lost ancestor

2018 preview: Get ready to meet your newest long-lost ancestor

New Scientist

Image: James St. John

The 21st century has so far been a golden age of hominin discovery. New species like the 7-million-year-old Sahelanthropus tchadensis and the 300,000-year-old Homo naledi have added to our understanding of humanity’s past. And the finds will keep coming.

“It doesn’t look like [we’re] sampling something that is running out,” says John Hawks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “I think in part there’s a greater intensity of exploration right now.”

There’s a good chance that a new species will be revealed in 2018, with rumours swirling of two major finds that could answer many questions. Read more on newscientist.com…