Out of China: hominums in china 2.1 million years ago

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    https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/hominins-lived-in-china-2-1-million-years-ago/

    "It's not likely that archaeologists will find any tools older than about 2.8 million years at Shangchen or any other side outside eastern Africa. The earliest evidence we have of a member of the genus Homo is a 2.8 million-year-old jawbone from a site in Ethiopia, and according to University of Texas archaeologist John Kappelman, all the evidence we have indicates that the first hominins to leave Africa were probably from the genus Homo, not hominin species that evolved earlier like Australopithecus or Paranthropus (although these were still around in Africa when the first members of Homo started chipping flint into handy stone tools)."
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    So I guess this promo is limited to Homo wandering abroad as early as possible. Unless the offshoots of PoMo want to revise deep prehist... (No, let's not politically go there.)
     
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    homo = the wanderer?
     
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    Perhaps Homo Peregrinus, if I've got Latin for "wanderer" right.

    EDIT: Great jove, apparently I'm not the first to coin that. Is there nothing new under the sun?
     
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    Before calling for a new species, bones are needed for identification. It is more likely homo erectus came to Asia earlier.
     
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    It was intended facetiously. Though odd that they didn't narrow it down below the genus. It's not like Homo habilis and Homo rudolfensis would be serious possibilities.

    EDIT: I stand corrected. They really did consider Homo habilis an option. Or rather an unaffiliated party did.

    https://www.insidescience.org/news/stone-tools-unearthed-china-rewrite-human-migration-timeline

    excerpt: Paleoanthropologist Maria Martinon-Torres said the findings made her very curious about the identity of this first Asian explorer. “Who were they? Are the toolmakers related to the Dmanisi expansion? Perhaps they represent an earlier migration related to Homo habilis?" said Martinon-Torres, who is director of Spain's National Research Center for Human Evolution in Burgos and did not take part in the research. H. habilis is often thought of as the earliest known human species. The artifacts detailed in the new paper look rather primitive, she added, which suggests that sophisticated tools were not necessary to leave Africa.
     
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