Thursday, September 8, 2011

Family Tree

New Fossils May Redraw Human Ancestry

The understanding of human evolution just became a little bit clearer with the discovery of a 2 million year old humanoid fossil in a South African Cave. Scientists seem to agree this fossil appears to be the most plausible specimen ancestor of homo sapien and other homo species. With distinct features in the hands and brain and hips, this find may very well be the base of the human branch on the tree of life where we start to differentiate between early humans and more ape-like ancestors. If nothing else, this find helps fill in some gaps in the evolutionary tree as we get a better picture of where we came from.

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