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Little Foot: South Africa Unveils 3.6 Million-Year-Old Skeleton Of Young Girl

A 3.6 million-year-old skeleton belonging to an early human ancestor was unveiled in South Africa. The fossil belonged to Little Foot, a young female.

Ancient December 7, 2017

Australopithecus Footprints Found In Tanzania Suggest Males Of Lucy Species Had Multiple Mates

Footprints were left behind by members of the Australopithecus afarensis species in an archeological site in Tanzania. How did the tracks hint that Lucy's kind was polygynous?

Ancient December 15, 2016

Strong, Thick Arm Bones Hint Lucy The Australopithecus Climbed Trees Like Chimpanzees

The human ancestor Lucy the Australopithecus climbed trees regularly, scans of her arm and thigh bones revealed. Why did the creature climb trees frequently despite an ability to walk upright?

Ancient December 1, 2016

Early Human Ancestor Did Not Have Jaw, Tooth Structure Fit For Hard Food Diet

Early humans may have survived on a woodland diet of nuts and tree bark, but it doesn't mean that they found it easy to do so. A new study revealed that some early hominids would have dislocated their jaws when eating hard food.

Animals February 9, 2016

'Lucy' Walked A Lot More Like Us Than We Thought

New research shows that chimps rotate their torsos as much as humans. That means early hominids did, too.

October 7, 2015

Where Homo Naledi Fits Into The Human Family Tree And Why It’s Important

The scientific community is abuzz with the news of the discovery of not one, but fifteen skeletons of an ancient human species that has never been described before. Here’s what scientists know -- and just as importantly, don’t know -- so far about where the species fits into our extended human family.

September 10, 2015

Baboon Bone Found In Famous Lucy Skeleton Of Early Human Ancestor

The famous skeleton of Lucy, a 3.2-million-year-old human ancestor, includes a bone that shouldn't be there, researchers say. Although of the right age, the vertebra bone is likely that of a baboon and not part of Lucy at all, they say.

Animals April 13, 2015

Lower Jaw Fossil Tells Us A Lot About Beginning Of Homo Lineage

The earliest-known fossil in the genus Homo has been found. What do we know so far about this distant human ancestor?

March 4, 2015

Surprise! Humans Began Using Tools Earlier Than Previously Thought

By studying the hand bones of the Australopithecus africanus, researchers found that these ape-like human ancestors had human-like hands capable of using stone tools.

Animals January 23, 2015

Evolution of face: Violence had a role to play

Australopithecus evolved a flatter face in males, due to the development of the use of fists during fights.

Animals June 11, 2014

'Little Foot' might be human's 3mn year old ancestor: Scientists

Scientists have announced the probable age of the Australopithecus fossil named Little Foot. The latest dating procedure was conducted 13 years after the excavation process began.

Animals March 18, 2014

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