The bones, which represent at least five individuals, have been dated to between 11,500 and 14,500 years ago.
But scientists are calling them simply the Red Deer Cave people, after one of the sites where they were unearthed.
The team has told the PLoS One journal
that far more detailed analysis of the fossils is required before they can be ascribed to a new human lineage. For those who are inclined to read through the journal, please see: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%...l.pone.0031918
"We're trying to be very careful at this stage about definitely classifying them," said study co-leader Darren Curnoe from the University of New South Wales, Australia.