'Little Foot' Fossil Could Be Human Ancestor

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'Little Foot' Fossil Could Be Human Ancestor

Message  gerardM le Mar 18 Mar - 20:05

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'Little Foot' Fossil Could Be Human Ancestor
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PARIS—He may be called Little Foot, but for human evolution researchers he’s a big deal: His is the most complete skeleton known of an early member of the human lineage. Ever since the skeleton was discovered in a South African cave in the 1990s and named for its relatively small foot bones, researchers have been fiercely debating how old it is, with estimates ranging from about 2 million years to more than 3 million. A new geological study of the cave concludes that Little Foot is at least 3 million years old. If correct, that would mean he is old enough to be a direct ancestor of today’s humans, and could shift South Africa to the forefront of human evolution.

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