Thursday, April 02, 2015

A new hominin, Australopithecus prometheus (Little Foot) could be a relative of Lucy

Australopithecus prometheus
(Little Foot)

Famed Human Ancestor Lucy Wasn't Alone: Meet 'Little Foot'

by Charles Q. Choi, Live Science Contributor   |   April 01, 2015 01:01pm ET

A mysterious ancient relative of humanity known as Little Foot apparently roamed the Earth at about the same time as the famed Lucy, suggesting the ancestors of humans may have existed with significant diversity across a good part of Africa, researchers say.

This finding comes from evidence suggesting the mysterious human relative was buried some 3.7 million years ago, more recently than thought. This new date may one day help shed light on which region and which species gave rise to humanity, scientists added.

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