A group of climbers on an expedition in the Himalaya Mountains, have stumbled upon a complex of caverns that seem to have recently surfaced after a series of violent avalanches in the region.
Inside one of the caves, the team of Norwegian and Swedish mountaineers, found the remains of a humanoid male from the paleolithic era.
According to the primary analysis of the skeleton, it seems the bones belong to an adult male Homo habilis, which is believed to have lived from approximately 2.33 to 1.44 million years ago, during the Gelasian Pleistocene period.
Further tests and analysis will be done to determine the exact nature of the remains, their age, and the individual’s cause of death. A crude stone spear and a few badly damaged leather objects were also recovered on the site and are currently being studied.
According to some experts, this could be by far the oldest sign of human life ever found in the region, dating possibly millions of years.
Others seem to believe that the man was part of a small group that long-outlived the extinction of the majority of his species.
Whatever the results of the carbon dating test, this opens a whole new interpretation of generally accepted views of the colonization of the planet by the human species.
According to most widely accepted theories on the subject, Homo habilis isn’t normally believed to have traveled this far from Africa and lived in such hostile climates.