Researchers think they have found a new kid on the Paleolithic ‘block’ — a third species of humans coexisting with Homo erectus and Homo habilis almost 2 million years ago. Habilis, Erectus, say hello to your new ‘cousin,’ Homo rudolfensis. This latest thinking comes from the analysis of fossils discovered in Kenya. The researchers published their findings Thursday in the science journal Nature. Dr. Meave Leakey, of the famous paleontology family, led the Koobi Fora Research Project.
"The new fossils confirm the presence of two contemporary species of early Homo, in addition to Homo erectus, in the early Pleistocene of eastern Africa," the team has suggested.
Between 2007 and 2009, the team found three human fossils, which are from 1.78 to 1.95 million years old. The finds include a face, a complete lower jaw and part of a second lower jaw.