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They lived during a phase of the Neolithic period, or New Stone Age, when hunter-gatherer and agricultural groups coexisted in the Middle East.
A fossil species often classified as a direct human ancestor survived much longer in Indonesia than previously suspected and may have coexisted for at least several thousand years with Homo sapiens, according to new age estimates for a fossil site in Java.
A younger date would suggest that knowledge about producing these points coexisted in Siberia and North America or moved back and forth from one continent to the other, they hold.
But pollen studies indicate the modern boreal forest represents a relatively new community that developed only 8,000 years ago although similar mixes of trees may have coexisted during previous interglacial periods.
Other researchers have uncovered evidence that humans and the extinct mammals coexisted in Tasmania 20,000 years ago, with the latter group disappearing 11,000 years ago.
The researchers think that Bocatherium was a rodent-like herbivore that coexisted with early carnivorous mammals for 50 million years before becoming extinct in the late Jurassic some 150 million years ago.