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New species of hominid discovered

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4/10/2010 7:17:01 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
There are already numerous 'missing links' between early hominids and humans, but now we might have one more. Whether or not it falls within the human family tree of evolution remains to be seen.

"The discovery of a new species may provide a long-sought after link between man and ape.

Fossilized remains found in South Africa have traits that are shared by both primates and humans, according to a paper in the April issue of Science magazine.

"This is a really remarkable find," paleontologist Meave Leakey of the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi told Science.

The new species, dubbed Australopithecus sediba, walked on two legs, had human-like faces and bore hips similar to those of humans.

However, the small size of its brain and body, as well as its long arms, are traits more commonly found in primates."
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4/10/2010 8:08:44 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Yea, both were nice discoveries. The hominid fossil has the creationist community in an uproar, but truth be known, the Nature article just came out and the fossils have been studied for only two years so we have a lot to learn once the other archeologists get hold of it. I am excited to see if it really is a new species, but at least we have some full skeletons here. Very exciting times when "new information" (ha ha) is presented concerning the great apes.
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