Primitive human 'lived much more recently'
By Paul RinconScience editor, BBC News website
The remains of 15 partial skeletons belonging to the species were described in 2015.They were found deep in a cave system in South Africa by a team led by Lee Berger from Wits University.
Although its anatomy shares some similarities with modern people, other anatomical features of hark back to humans that lived in much earlier times - some two million years ago or more.
"These look like a primitive form of our own genus - . It looks like it might be connected to early , or , ," said Prof Berger's colleague, John Hawks, from the University of Wisconsin.
Although some experts guessed that could had lived relatively recently, in 2015, Prof Berger told BBC News that the remains .
New dating evidence places the species in a time period where could have overlapped with early examples of our own kind, .
Prof Hawks told the : "They're the age of Neanderthals in Europe, they're the age of Denisovans in Asia, they're the age of early modern humans in Africa. They're part of this diversity in the world that's there as our species was originating."