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New Postcranial Hominin Fossils from the Central Narmada Valley, India

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Hathnora in Central Narmada valley (Madhya Pradesh) has earlier yielded a partial skullcap, and two clavicles and a 9th rib of Middle Pleistocene hominin. Recent explorations have brought to light two more human fossils-a humerus and a femur from a new locality, Netankheri. The femur is derived from the Middle Pleistocene stratigraphic horizon as the Hathnora skullcap, and shares similar “archaic” mosaic morphology of Homo heidelbergensis, also attested by new bio-stratigraphic and Palaeolithic data. The humerus is derived from the pre-YTA (~75 Kya) Upper Pleistocene strata in association with unique fossilized bone artifacts and documents the early emergence of anatomically modern Homo sapiens in South Asia.

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Sankhyan, A. , Badam, G. , Dewangan, L. , Chakraborty, S. , Prabha, S. , Kundu, S. & Chakravarty, R. (2012). New Postcranial Hominin Fossils from the Central Narmada Valley, India. Advances in Anthropology, 2, 125-131. doi: 10.4236/aa.2012.23015.


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