But it's much more likely they were our ancestors' cousins, who diverged, evolved their own unique traits, and at some point died off. A good analogy for our current situation is that the many semi-human-like species that predated us made up a complicated, densely branching family tree.
Ibrahim said the Cairo University Faculty of Archaeology's discovery at Saqqara adds "a chapter to our knowledge about the history of Saqqara." Ola el-Egeizy of Cairo University said the tomb contains "very nice inscriptions" of the funerary procession and the afterlife of the deceased.
The tomb was found near another one dating back to the same period belonging to the head of the army that was discovered in the previous excavation season.
“It’s such a magical place — Australia’s own Jurassic Park, in a spectacular wilderness setting,” lead author Dr. The story of the discovery is almost as interesting as the discovery itself, and speaks to the high-stakes nature of paleontology in an era of rapid environmental transformation and land development.
The path to discovery traces back to 2008, when the Australian government selected the area of Walmadany as the site for a billion liquid gas processing facility.
The footprints were discovered as part of a five-year excavation along a 16-mile stretch of coastline in Western Australia.
Paleontologists say they’ve found between 11 and 21 distinct types of dinosaur tracks belonging to a wide range of prehistoric creatures: long-necked herbivorous (plant-eating) sauropods, two-legged herbivorous ornithopods, and armored dinosaurs.
Microcebus ganzhorni was named after Jörg Ganzhorn from Hamburg University, a researcher heavily involved with the protection of mouse lemurs.
A second species, Microcebus manitatra, represents the expanding range of mouse lemurs in western Madagascar.
Saqqara was the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and site of the oldest known pyramid in Egypt.
Over the past two years, an international team of scientists has discovered more than 1,500 mysterious fragments of bone in a tiny cave in South Africa.
Found in rocks dating back 127 million to 140 million years on Australia’s Dampier Peninsula, the footprints collectively represent “the most diverse assemblage of dinosaur tracks in the world,” researchers said.