The BBC article is posted in full below (not including photographs), but the full press release [excerpted below] from the University of New South Wales (Australia) can be found here. It contains somewhat different information than the BBC article that gives more of a flavor for just what exciting knowledge the study of these bones (found in 1979 and 1989) may yield.
Youngest of their kind ever found in mainland East Asia
The fossils are of a people with a highly unusual mix of archaic and modern anatomical features and are the youngest of their kind ever found in mainland East Asia.
Dated to just 14,500 to 11,500 years old, these people would have shared the landscape with modern-looking people at a time when China's earliest farming cultures were beginning, says an international team of scientists led by Associate Professor Darren Curnoe, of the University of New South Wales, and Professor Ji Xueping of the Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology.
Whoever these people were, the youngest of their bones are dated to around the end of the last Ice Age. What a shockeroo this is! I believe I can already feel it reverberating around the world of the scientific elite. Oh my!
Soooo, let's see, over the past few years while I've been writing this bloe there has been and continues to be a "fresh look" at the former "Ape-Man" Neanderthal whose DNA survives in millions of humans alive today; there are the "mysterious" Denisovans in Siberia, whose DNA also continues to exist in millions of humans alive today; and now, the "Red Deer People" in Southwest China (not to mention the "Hobbits" -- Homo floresiensis -- that experts will be talking about for the next 50 years...). If the researchers are successful in extracting DNA from these young bones, what more secrets to the herstory of womankind may be revealed?
So you tell me, darlings? What, precisely, does the word "extinct" mean??? If our experts in the field of "evolution" haven't even yet settled upon a definition for what a "modern human" (homo sapiens sapiens) is, who on earth are they to tell ME that so and so was descended from so and so, and THIS is the way it was, and shut the flying F up if you don't agree because we;re the experts and you're not! Oooooh, it just tickles me pink how many people must be gagging on their past and present words tonight. Here's a wicked laugh just for you: BWWWWWWWWWAAAAHHHHAAAAAHHHHHAAAAA!
From BBC News
14 March 2012 Last updated at 11:19 ET