Meet the Relatives

Meet some of the most famous fossil discoveries of the hominin clan in this slide show. 

By | July 1, 2012

1996: (Australopithecus garhi) This new species, described in 1999 in Science, dates back approximately 2.5 million years and, like most new hominin fossil discoveries, is not without its share of controversy. One of its most controversial attributes relates to the fact that it was discovered near primitive stone tools—challenging Homo habilis’ title as the earliest toolmakers.

1996: (Australopithecus garhi)
This new species, described in 1999 in Science, dates back approximately 2.5 million years and, like most new hominin fossil discoveries, is not without its share of controversy. One of its most controversial attributes relates to the fact that it was discovered near primitive stone tools—challenging Homo habilis’ title as the earliest toolmakers.

B. ASFAW, ET. AL., SCIENCE 23 APRIL 1999

Meet the Relatives Image Gallery

Meet some of the most famous fossil discoveries of the hominin clan in this slide show.

Read "The First Australopithecus," about the discovery of the Taung Child skull in 1925.

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Avatar of: EARTHMAN1

EARTHMAN1

Posts: 10

July 17, 2012

Oh c'mon.

If Australopithicus had such intelligent eyes he/she wouldn't be walking around naked. They would have had haircuts, cool clothing and drive a Buick.

Even as a child I could never figure out why Anthropologists insisted on making this crap up. 

Avatar of: SpadesareSpades

SpadesareSpades

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July 18, 2012

Dale in an earlier life.

Avatar of: Edward R. Mikol

Edward R. Mikol

Posts: 1457

July 18, 2012

Standing more and more upright would increase direct radiation exposure to the top of the head which may have spurred brain cell mutations through cosmic rays, etc. and hastened human evolution via a kind of a self-rewarding feed-back mechanism.

Avatar of: SpadesareSpades

SpadesareSpades

Posts: 2

July 18, 2012

Dale in another of his lives

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