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Early chimp-human fossil uncovered

Posted on Saturday, 13 April, 2013 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Hilander

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The two-million-year-old fossil remains of an ancient human ancestor have been uncovered in South Africa.

Australopithecus sediba possessed the long arms and primitive shoulders of an ape but with dextrous hands and legs that could straighten like a human. This unusual combination of traits is unlike anything ever seen in the fossil record. The find is distinct from that of the hominid known as 'Lucy' who belonged to an earlier species called Australopithecus afarensis and roamed South Africa 3.2 million years ago.

Palaeontologists uncovered the bones of five individuals, each remarkably well preserved because it is believed they died when they fell in to a sink hole. "This could very well be a family group," said Jeremy DeSilva of Boston University. "I have never seen fossils this well preserved. Itís unreal. They are stunning."

"She walked with a knock-kneed gait, with a heel like a chimp but the upright posture of a human, and she may provide the most complete evidence yet of early manís closest ancestor, scientists said Thursday."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by redhen on 14 April, 2013, 3:01
So if you're not an animal, what do you belong to; Plant or Protista ? I know this is the UM forum, but c'mon.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Copasetic on 14 April, 2013, 4:44
Unfortunately one doesn't have to pass a test to use the internets.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Abramelin on 14 April, 2013, 6:59
Science may be limited, but your understanding of it sure is.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 14 April, 2013, 21:44
Unless you're not warm blooded and don't have hair/fur and the females of your species don't produce milk/birth live young... you are an animal. So deal with it and grow up!
Comment icon #14 Posted by cormac mac airt on 14 April, 2013, 22:03
Even that qualifies a person as an animal, although more specifically a mammal. cormac
Comment icon #15 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 14 April, 2013, 22:04
true. i couldnt think of the specifics for "animal" so I went with mammal instead. which we as humans are.
Comment icon #16 Posted by SpiritWriter on 14 April, 2013, 23:02
Dont you think animals could be spiritual too?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Leah G. on 14 April, 2013, 23:20
Gotta say this, I'll apologize first but we have monkey blood, it's what's called RH+. They have no clue where RH- came from or red hair and blue eyes so there might have been another influence there but it could have also been a mutation of a natural nature.
Comment icon #18 Posted by xxxch00bxxx on 3 May, 2013, 2:55
The UM community now accepts your right to be a pokemon, have fun trying to see if you can evolve.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Rlyeh on 3 May, 2013, 17:11
Calling that monkey blood is like calling your hand a monkey hand. The Rh factor was named after the rhesus macaque because the experiment that lead to it's discovery was done using blood cells from the rhesus macaque.

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