Science Neanderthal ear turns up in unexpected place, muddling evolutionary picture (+video)

A distinct inner ear bone formation thought to be unique to Neanderthals has turned up in a very different sort of ancient human found in China.

By , Staff writer

Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

When anthropologists took a second look at a partial skull of a 100,000-year-old human unearthed in Northern China, they found something that complicates our understanding of how modern humans came to be.