Another Update to X-Woman's Fingerbone

By Carl Zimmer | March 25, 2010 9:29 am

I’ve added comments from biologist Laurent Excoffier to my X-woman post. His verdict: probably another species of hominid.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Evolution

Comments (1)

  1. BongoBob

    So, why are they calling it “X-Woman”? Just to be cute? They certainly haven’t shown that it was female.

    [CZ: It's just an homage to the mitochondria from which the DNA was isolated. All mitochondria is passed down from mothers to children.]

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