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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Human Evolution Being Rewritten; Two-million-year-old Child Fossil Discovered


By NIMY Sara Joy

London, April 4 – Record of human evolution being modified as a two-million-year-old skeleton of a child which discovered in South Africa possibly the missing link between apes and humans.

276446-18412-2Science world is eagerly waiting for the unveiling of the child’s skeleton on coming week and for seeing the new species of hominid, the evolutionary limb of primates that consists of humans.

One of the professors from the University of the Witwatersrand, Lee Berger discovered the fossil. The fossil found out from the cave systems in the Sterkfontein region of Southern Africa, placed near Johannesburg as he was going through there.

The fossil is seemed to be complete. Scientist’s study on this fossil says that it belonged to one of the formerly unidentified type of early human ancestor which may have been a transitional phase of ape-men. It considered as evolving into the first species of later humans, Homo habilis.

The fossil shares uniqueness with 2.5 million years ago emerged Homo habilis. Homo habilis is spotted as the key appearance in the evolution of human species.

This skeleton will be helping the scientist world to analyze the early ancestor’s nature as their appearance, when they began to walk on two legs, posture and method walking. The presence of a pelvis and complete limb bones will help the scientists to distinguish it.

Mostly the fossils will remain as scattered wreckage of bones whereas this child fossil seems as complete.
A human anatomist and anthropologist, Phillip Tobias, who has seen the skeleton, said the hottest discovery was “wonderful” and “exciting”.

“To find a skeleton as opposed to a couple of teeth or an arm bone is a rarity. It is one thing to find a lower jaw with a couple of teeth, but it is another thing to find the jaw joined onto the skull, and those in turn uniting further down with the spinal column, pelvis and the limb bones.”

“It is not a single find, but several specimens representing several individuals. The remains now being brought to light by Dr Berger and his team is wonderful,” he was quoted as saying.

An expert on human evolution at Oxford Brookes University, Simon Underdown, said: “A find like this could really increase our understanding of our early ancestors at a time when they first started to become recognizable as human.”

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