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Palaeontology

Early chimp-human fossil uncovered

By T.K. Randall
April 13, 2013 · Comment icon 19 comments



Image Credit: CC 3.0 Brett Eloff
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 10 years ago
@ Abramelin you call yourself a animal and etc by all means go for it!!! don't label me or others as being animals or whatever.you call yourself what you wish. So if you're not an animal, what kingdom do you belong to; Plant or Protista ? I know this is the UM forum, but c'mon.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Copasetic 10 years ago
So if you're not an animal, what kingdom do you belong to; Plant or Protista ? I know this is the UM forum, but c'mon. Unfortunately one doesn't have to pass a test to use the internets.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Abramelin 10 years ago
@ Abramelin you call yourself a animal and etc by all means go for it!!! don't label me or others as being animals or whatever.you call yourself what you wish.i know i did not come from no freakin monkey or chimpanzee or etc.as for science the hell with science science is powerful but limited in so many ways and most importantly is only good in the 3rd dimensional realm Science may be limited, but your understanding of it sure is.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Bavarian Raven 10 years ago
don't label me or others as being animals 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 10 years ago
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! Even that qualifies a person as an animal, although more specifically a mammal. cormac
Comment icon #15 Posted by Bavarian Raven 10 years ago
Even that qualifies a person as an animal, although more specifically a mammal 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 10 years ago
are you people or scientists still trying to prove that humans came from monkeys?really people I personally don't buy it there has never been evidence that we came from monkey's or etc.yeah we might look similar in some areas but no we did not come from monkeys.you wonna swing with the monkeys by all means go for it but I am no freaking monkey or animal though.if we really did come from monkeys or chimpanzees or whatever then why are we not as strong physically as monkeys,chimpanzees or gorillas?if we did came from them we would be as strong as them no matter whether we live in cities or etc.y... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Leah G. 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
@ Abramelin you call yourself a animal and etc by all means go for it!!! don't label me or others as being animals or whatever.you call yourself what you wish.i know i did not come from no freakin monkey or chimpanzee or etc.as for science the hell with science science is powerful but limited in so many ways and most importantly is only good in the 3rd dimensional realm 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 10 years ago
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. 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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