New Fossils Discovered That Links To Humans

In South Africa, a fossil discovery was announced yesterday which gives new ancestral addition to the hominid species – one that may prove to be the origin of modern humans from apes.

The nearly two-million-year-old fossil, dubbed Australopithecus sediba, is being described as a new species of hominid, which is defined as a primate of a family that includes humans and their fossil ancestors.

It also might prove to be the link between “ape-man” and the first known human species, says Lee Berger from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

A team of paleoanthropologists led by Berger made the discovery at a UNESCO site – Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site – 40 kilometres outside the city.

The fossils – an adult female and juvenile male – were found almost intact in a deeply eroded cave. They are described as having long arms like an ape, short powerful hands, a very advanced pelvis and long legs capable of striding and possibly running like a human. It is likely that they could have climbed, said researchers.

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