A treasure trove of important human fossils has been discovered by a team of scientists from the Natural History Museum, including Liverpool John Moores University's Dr Isabelle De Groote.
Future Ancient DNA analyses of these bones, morphological studies and
further dating of the material may shed light on the exodus of modern
humans from Africa and on whether the Middle East is the place where
Neanderthals and modern humans met and interbred.
The collection consisted of boxes of bones discovered among the
personal belongings of Sir Arthur Keith who had been the Master at
Buckston Brown Farm, a research station of the Royal College of Surgeons
next to Darwin’s home, Down House, Kent. After Sir Arthur Keith’s death
in 1955 a number of fossils were transferred from the collections at
Royal College of Surgeons to the Natural History Museum but this
particular collection did not arrive until 2001. It was not until the
current study was carried out that the importance of Sir Arthur Keith’s
collection became clear. The study, published in
describes the work undertaken to identify and document the human skeletal material in the Keith Collection.[...] news.cision.com/