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Oldest fossils discovered for Australopithecus

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Scientists have published an article describing the oldest axial fossils yet discovered for the genus Australopithecus. Dated 4.2 million years ago, these and other fossils recovered from the Assa Issie site in the Middle Awash extend the known range of A. anamensis into northeastern Ethiopia. The fossils from the Assa Issie are extremely fragmentary, but each represents an important element previously unknown for the species Australopithecus anamensis.

In an upcoming article in the Journal of Human Evolution, paleoanthropologists Dr. Marc Meyer of Chaffey College and Scott Williams of New York University describe tell-tale signs that these early hominins had already evolved a human-like posture of the head and neck. "The bilobated facets of the first cervical vertebra are something we don't see in the great apes, but in humans is thought to provide a passive locking mechanism that keeps the head stable in erect posture," explains Meyer.

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-oldest-axial-fossils-genus-australopithecus.html

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