Today, a mysterious new area of cryptology has emerged in the world of sports.
The mystery surrounds the evolution of human beings from ape to human, with scientists believing the two species are related to each other through their shared ancestor.
The new world is being called the “missing link” between human and ape evolution, which could explain the evolution in which humans and apes have evolved.
There are now two species of modern humans, and the two groups are separated by a series of ‘missing links’, the researchers said.
Scientists believe there were two separate lineages of humans that originated in Africa.
As such, the evolutionary story between the two lines is unique.
This link is what has led scientists to suggest that the earliest humans in Africa were apes, which would explain why humans evolved into humans and chimps in Africa, a new study says.
Human evolution has been linked to the evolution and spread of human traits, from eye shape to skin colour and hair colour, but the exact mechanisms behind how this process happened are still unknown.
“Human evolution is thought to have occurred in a very complex way that involved a number of species of hominins,” said Dr David Liddle from the University of Adelaide, the study’s lead author.
“While the human lineage is believed to have originated from the earliest primates in Africa by some 500,000 years ago, it has been debated whether that lineage also included a number that evolved into modern humans over time.”‘
Climbing the human tree’The researchers have now shown that humans evolved from apes through a process called ‘evolutionary speciation’, which is thought of as a series, or cascading, events, that cause humans to diversify from one species to another.
“We know that humans are related through our common ancestor with chimpanzees, but there is a question about whether our common ancestors also shared a common ancestor, and so whether they also shared some of our traits, like eye colour,” Dr Liddle said.
This is what we’ve been able to do by looking at fossils and modern human skeletal remains.””
So, we wanted to find out more about what is driving the evolution that we see in humans today.”
This is what we’ve been able to do by looking at fossils and modern human skeletal remains.
“It’s a complex process of evolution, so the evidence is accumulating that the human lineages that evolved to our modern state were very different from the ancient lineages, which may have been even more similar to each others’ traits.”
Dr Liddle and his colleagues studied the fossilised skulls of several species of extinct hominin and found that there was no evidence of human ancestry.
Instead, they found that humans descended from a much older lineage, which has been called the ‘missing link’ between the human and chimpanzee lineages.
The researchers say that the lack of evidence for human lineage within modern humans was a surprise.
“We don’t have the complete fossil record to confirm whether or not there was a common human ancestor,” Dr K. Michael Pang from the Department of Zoology at the University the University, Adelaide, said.
“But what we have now, based on the new analysis, is a very strong and clear picture of what the evolution between human lineage and the other lineages must have looked like.”
This new evolutionary tree could also explain why modern humans evolved, Dr Pang said.
It has been suggested that the two lineages are closely related, but this was the first study to actually show that.
Dr Pang and his co-author Dr John Rolfes from the Australian National University said there is much more work to be done before we can know if this new research will help us understand human evolution.
“If we can show that the missing link between the chimpanzee and human lineage was indeed a common ancestral human, then we can start to look at the evolutionary evolution of our modern species,” Dr Pangs said.
This new study is the first to find that the first hominids lived in Africa and was the origin of modern human.
Dr Liddell said the new study has important implications for understanding the origins of human diversity.
“A lot of the things that we know about our evolutionary history are in some sense rooted in fossilised remains of early humans,” he said.