Fossil foot reveals new human species
By T.K. Randall
March 29, 2012 · 36 comments
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The fossilised bones from a 3.4 million-year-old human ancestor have been found in Africa.
While there aren't enough of the bones to definitively identify the species, scientists have been able to determine a lot from just a few tiny bone fragments. It is believed that the creature would have been able to walk upright but would have only done so some of the time. It is also not the only human ancestor known to have lived in Africa at that time, the species of the famous specimen "Lucy" discovered in 1970 would have lived alongside them.
Scientists have obtained a fascinating new insight into the evolution of humans and our ability to walk. It comes from the fossilised bones of a foot that were discovered in Ethiopia and dated to be 3. 4 million years old.
Source: BBC News
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