DNA hints at ancient cousins

Scientists find evidence of an extinct humanlike species within modern-day Africans

By Roberta Kwok, 14:45 PM August 17, 2012

In the West African country of Cameroon, unusually short people called Pygmies live in the forests. On the other side of the continent, groups of people named Hadza and Sandawe speak languages that include many clicking sounds.

These people are interesting for more reasons than their height or speech. Scientists have just turned up evidence in them of a potentially new, ancient species in the human family tree. That evidence emerged in their DNA, the instructions inside our body’s cells t...

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