Ancient Small Humans' Bones Found on Island

Ancient Small Humans' Bones Found on Island
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A 2,900-year-old lower jaw (bottom) recovered from a cave in Palau and a lower jaw from a modern human female show the dramatic size difference between the early Palauans and average-size modern humans.

The deepness of the jaw and reduced chin in the Palauan bone are considered primitive traits. Both bones pictured, however, belong to modern humans, scientists say.

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