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Skull Of New Early Human Relative Found In Kenya -- Did Humans Descend From Lucy Or From Newly Discovered Creature?

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March 23, 2001
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After the partial skeleton of a 3.2-million-year-old human relative known as Lucy was found in Ethiopia in 1974, many researchers believed her species – Australopithecus afarensis – was the ancestor of modern humans. Now, in a stunning discovery, scientists working in Kenya have found the skull and partial jaw of a completely different genus and species, with a flattened face and small molar teeth much different than those of afarensis. The discovery of the 3.2- to 3.5-million-year-old fossils raises the question of whether modern humans descended from Lucy’s species or from the newly discovered species.

March 21, 2001 – After the partial skeleton of a 3.2-million-year-old human relative known as Lucy was found in Ethiopia in 1974, many researchers believed her species – Australopithecus afarensis – was the ancestor of modern humans. Now, in a stunning discovery, scientists working in Kenya have found the skull and partial jaw of a completely different genus and species, with a flattened face and small molar teeth much different than those of afarensis. The discovery of the 3.2- to 3.5-million-year-old fossils raises the question of whether modern humans descended from Lucy’s species or from the newly discovered species.


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University Of Utah. (2001, March 23). Skull Of New Early Human Relative Found In Kenya -- Did Humans Descend From Lucy Or From Newly Discovered Creature?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010322232234.htm
University Of Utah. "Skull Of New Early Human Relative Found In Kenya -- Did Humans Descend From Lucy Or From Newly Discovered Creature?." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010322232234.htm (accessed April 24, 2014).

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