human ancestor

Archaeologists have found many, many examples of ancient human ancestors over the past few centuries, and while most of the time the skeletal remains are at least identifiable, they're rarely complete. In a remarkable reveal by researchers scouring South Africa, the most complete example of a human ancestor older than 1.5 million years has been found, and by "older" I mean a lot older.

The skeleton — which has been nicknamed "Little Foot" by its discoverer, Professor Ron Clarke of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa — is thought to be a whopping 3.6 million years old. That makes it one of the oldest human ancestors found, while also being the most complete example of the link in the human evolutionary chain known as Australopithecus.

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Scientists reveal the most complete skeleton of a 3.6 million year old human ancestor ever found originally appeared on on Wed, 6 Dec 2017 at 13:08:42 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.