Hand in hand - news story - 29 Mar 2012

New hominin fossils

Lucy - Australopithecus afarensis - has a new friend. Bones - part of a foot - have been found in Ethiopia that are supposedly from a 'new' hominin. (When did it stop being hominid?). The fossils date to around 3.4 million years ago, so Lucy and her kind would have been co-existing with the owner of the foot. 

How do they know it's not A.afarensis? The big toe is opposable and more suited for climbing trees than walking upright. The newcomer would have been capable of upright walking, but most likely had a strange gait. Would Lucy have invited him to parties? Don't know yet.

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