What happened to the hominins that came before Homo sapiens? New research published Thursday in the journal One Earth suggests climate change likely drove the earliest human species to extinction. Until now, most hominin research has focused on when and where the earliest human species emerged, as well as how they dispersed out of Africa. And more attention has been paid to the disappearance of the dinosaurs than the demise of our earliest human relatives, researchers say. Lead study author Pasquale Raia, associate professor of paleobiology at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy, suggests the dearth of science on the topic speaks to the difficulty of the research. #climateresearch #floraandfauna #hominids https://www.terradaily.com/reports/Early_human_species_likely_driven_to_extinction_by_climate_change_999.html