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Study Shows 3 Groups of Humans in Eurasia

July 08, 2002|From Times staff and wire reports

Three distinct groups of early humans may have migrated from Africa and perhaps lived together in Eurasia about 1.7 million years ago, according to researchers who uncovered a primitive skull and other fossils in the Republic of Georgia.

In a study published in Friday's issue of Science, the researchers say the new skull is smaller and more primitive than two others found at the same southern Georgia site two years ago.

The findings suggest humanlike species of various kinds may have traveled or lived together after leaving Africa as history's first migrants, the researchers say.

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