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#1    Raptor

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 09:25 PM

The 3.3-million-year-old fossilised remains of a human-like child have been unearthed in Ethiopia's Dikika region.

The female Australopithecus afarensis bones are from the same species as an adult skeleton found in 1974 which was nicknamed "Lucy".

Scientists are thrilled with the find, reported in the journal Nature.

They believe the near-complete remains offer a remarkable opportunity to study growth and development in an important extinct human ancestor.


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Posted 20 September 2006 - 09:36 PM

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 04:00 AM

Just an ape species.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 07:08 AM

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Just an ape species.


Depends how you look at it, they represent an evolutionary milestone. They were able to walk upright from very young ages and had an extended childhood development period (something almost exclusive to humans).


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Posted 21 September 2006 - 03:28 PM

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Just an ape species.



Hey ! those are my ancestors you are talking about !



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Posted 21 September 2006 - 05:03 PM

"just an ape species"  laugh.gif  w00t.gif That's an example of the biasedness which proliferates even the scientific community.  Using the absolute least meager information, without physically examining the specimen, a conclusion is lept to.  That is the perfect illustration of ignorant bigotry! thumbsup.gif

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 05:08 PM

Yup grin2.gif  Just an ape species - just like we are.

This is a very cool find.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 07:37 AM

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"just an ape species"  laugh.gif  w00t.gif That's an example of the biasedness which proliferates even the scientific community.  Using the absolute least meager information, without physically examining the specimen, a conclusion is lept to.  That is the perfect illustration of ignorant bigotry! thumbsup.gif



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Posted 25 September 2006 - 01:01 PM

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 12:19 AM

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Urban soldiers/militia?

I think you mean GORILLA.

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 01:22 PM

Does anyone know where I can buy a skull like these? From the early homo erectus period of man. My 3 year old cousin  would love it


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Posted 26 September 2006 - 02:38 PM

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Does anyone know where I can buy a skull like these? From the early homo erectus period of man. My 3 year old cousin  would love it


Just do a Google on "Replica Skulls", however I think a museum quality replica would be lost on a 3 year old.  I might suggest looking in any Halloween store  thumbsup.gif

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 03:39 PM

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Does anyone know where I can buy a skull like these? From the early homo erectus period of man. My 3 year old cousin  would love it


You're not gonna be able to get your hands on a skull like this, that's for sure. It'll be studied for a few more years than probably given to a museum.

You might be able to get your hands on a much younger one, though. Just do a few searches on google. Maybe try looking for a replica instead if you can't find a real one.


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Posted 27 September 2006 - 08:25 AM

ummm......Why would your 3 year old cousin love it anyway...I mean, it's a skull...

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 08:26 AM

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Does anyone know where I can buy a skull like these? From the early homo erectus period of man. My 3 year old cousin  would love it


Your cousin sounds like a genius should he be after this.

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