2-million-year-old fossil from East Africa suggests Australopithecus
afarensis, best known from the partial skeleton "Lucy," had stiff foot arches like those of people today, a sign of a two-legged stride (SN: 3/12/11, p.
Others regard the Malapa fossils either as an early Homo species or as late-surviving members of Australopithecus
africanus, a dead-end hominid species that lived from about 3 million to 2.
floresiensis cranium overlapped most with the measurements collected from microcephalics and Australopithecus
sediba shares more features with early Homo specimens than any other known Australopithecus
species does, said Darryl de Ruiter of Texas A&M University in College Station.
Lead researcher Professor Robin Crompton, from the University of Liverpool, said: "It was previously thought that Australopithecus
afarensis walked in a crouched posture and on the side of the foot, pushing off the ground with the middle part of the foot, as today's great apes do.
7 million years ago from both Australopithecus
africanus and Paranthropus robustus individuals from the two caves, which are well known for yielding valuable scientific data on hominid evolution.
For approximately three million years, hominids such as Australopithecus
walked upright without resembling humans, so, the authors ask, what other activity suddenly transformed the hominid body?
From the same team that brought you ``Walking With Dinosaurs'' and ``Walking With Prehistoric Beasts,'' ``Cavemen'' takes the viewer on an eight-million-year journey from the more-ape-than-human Lucy (an Australopithecus
aphaeresis, when her skull was found she was named after the song playing on the radio at the time, ``Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds'') to a mere 30,000 or 40,000 years ago when Neanderthals died out and Homo sapiens became the dominant species.
I heard about our forefathers - a group called the australopithecus
5 million years in time to meet an Australopithecus
afarensis ape called Lucy of all things.
Dart is perhaps best known for his discovery of Australopithecus
africanus in 1924 in South Africa.
By the size and from the back, it looks like a chimpanzee, but from the front it could pass for an advanced Australopithecus
, according to the articles.
This new book is the first full scale biography of Raymond Dart, the man the world of anthropology knows best for his association with the Taung skull, Australopithecus
CLEVELAND -- Scientists working in the Woranso-Mille area of the Afar Region, Ethiopia, have recovered fossils that may prove to be a bridge to establishing a relationship between the earlier Australopithecus
The skeletal remains display a novel mix of humanlike features and more apelike traits characteristic of 2-million- to 4-million-year-old hominids from the genus Australopithecus
, the researchers report September 10 in eLife.