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Fossil discovery reveals face of human ancestor

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By ITN News Editor August 29, 2019 12:55

Fossil discovery reveals face of human ancestor

Scientists announced the landmark discovery in Ethiopia of a nearly complete skull of an early human ancestor that lived 3.8 million years ago, a species that possessed an intriguing mixture of ape-like and human-like characteristics.

The fossil dubbed MRD, which provides insight into a pivotal period for the evolutionary lineage that eventually led to modern humans, belongs to the species Australopithecus anamensis, which first appeared roughly 4.2 million years ago.

This species is considered the direct ancestor of Australopithecus afarensis, the species best known from the famous partial skeleton nicknamed Lucy unearthed in 1974 about 35 miles (55 km) from of the site in the Afar region of Ethiopia where the MRD skull was unearthed in 2016.

 

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 29, 2019 12:55

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