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Ancient hominin skeleton discovered


Posted on Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 | Comment icon 5 comments


Researchers have been piecing together clues about the species. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Cicero Moraes

Fossil remains of an ancient hominim species dating back 1.34 million years have been unearthed.

Discovered at the Olduvai Gorge site in Tanzania, the partial skeleton consists of arm, leg, hand and foot fragments. Paranthropus boisei is believed to have evolved around 2.3 million years ago and this find is likely one of the last members of its species to have lived prior to its extinction.

"We are starting to understand the physiology of these individuals of this particular species and how it actually adapted to the kind of habitat it lived in," said anthropologist Dr Charles Musiba.

"We knew about the kind of food it ate – it was omnivorous, leaning more toward plant material – but now we know more: how it walked around and now we know it was a tree climber."

Paranthropus boisei was first discovered in 1959 but despite a number of discoveries, it has taken until now to fill in the gaps due to the difficulties in finding a complete specimen.

   
Source: Sci-News | Comments (5)

Tags: Hominim, Paranthropus boisei


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 11 December, 2013, 4:59
They were probably some squat little powerhouses.
Comment icon #2 Posted by coolguy on 11 December, 2013, 6:20
That's a great find I like reading about past ape tp man.
Comment icon #3 Posted by seeder on 11 December, 2013, 16:54
As years go by we learn more and more about our ancestors... endlessly interesting and fascinating!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Harlequin Dreamer on 11 December, 2013, 21:32
I enjoy reading about our lost little hairy ancestors.
Comment icon #5 Posted by bassai26 on 13 December, 2013, 15:27
great discovery but partial parts are not that reliable, like the java man for an instance.


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