In 2008, researchers found remains of a few early human-like beings in a cave in South Africa. Now, they've pieced them together into one of the most complete skeletons of a human ancestor ever made.
The skeletons belong to a new species of australopithecine, named Australopithecus sediba, discovered for the first time at that cave five years ago. Australopithecines comprise several different species of hominids that roamed Africa from about 4 million to 2 million years ago. They varied in form; some were more chimp-like, some more human like. The new Au. sediba appears to be right in the middle, with chimp-like feet (pigeon-toed, with a small heel) but also walking more upright than apes.
It likely lived both on the ground and in trees--the researchers, from several universities around the world, think that it had more adaptations for tree-dwelling than, say, Au. afarensis, represented by the famous (and much older) Lucy skeleton. Those include exceedingly powerful shoulders, reminiscent of the arboreal orangutan. But it also had more delicate fingers than the apes, which could have been used for tool-making.
Au. sediba dates from about 2 million years ago, which makes it of much interest to scientists: that's right around the time when the australopithecines gave way to Homo. Specifically found were a young male and an older female skeleton, possibly a mother and son, among others. The researchers took three incomplete skeletons and combined them to create the full single skeleton.
The findings are published in Science.
shouldn't that second line read "recent ANCESTOR of Homo gets a complete skeleton"?!?
Looks like Chris Christie in Middle School
The overactive imagination of today's scientists never ceases to amaze me.
"The researchers took three incomplete skeletons and combined them to create the full single skeleton." And some clay, and some other animals, and we got a new Piltdown!
So sick. This reminds me of the previous article with the blow-up doll. They have a fantasy that won't come true so they have to create one for their pleasure. Get a room! :)
I can only imagine their office parties.
PS Pioneer/NoOne/Bags- 100%
At first glance of the above picture, I just feel they should just start TAP dancing, lol.
They will never find a missing link, because the most recent creation version humanity was a leap\tweak of DNA from an outside source above.
Outside source being the GODS, Annunaki, Gray Aliens or just 'other from above'.
In the early days of Earth, it was a mix of hot stew of chemicals possibly inventing\creating new life from the stew. Or Earth was delivered life from the comets.
Then for the most part on planet Earth live just evolves.
And last for us the primates an outside source visited Earth and imposed its thoughtful intelligence on the local primates and gave a helping tweak of DNA with occasion visits of words of wisdom.
Take care. ;)
Why do the first two skeletons on the left feel NOT proportional and modern man skeleton does feel proportional?
How did evolution spontaneous make the un-proportional primate via survival of the fittest force proportionally shaped modern skeleton man?
By have via a cosmic heavenly divine intervention, that's how!
Ha ha, goofy me, I mean the 2 old skeletons on the RIGHT.
Why do people who have no interest in science continue to read scientific literature?
Do you people realize that there are over 20 different species of
upright walking ape? Whose brain capacities get progressively bigger until eventually homo sapiens (thats wut dem science-folk call you and me) appeared in the fossil record. Missing links? Stop being stubborn and lazy. Do your research. Homo sapiens foreheads' are vertical, the fossil record clearly shows a steady and progressive shift from NO forehead and protruding brow ridges found in the earliest fossils, to that flat barn house wall you call a forehead. Which actually happens coincide with the development of our signature "high reasoning" and "intelligence", which, ironically, many of us seem to have thrown out the window.