Where do humans come from?

Some scientists propose a newfound species as the most likely ancestor of the genus that led to humans

By Bruce Bower, 00:38 AM November 5, 2013

Almost 2 million years ago in what is now South Africa, a boy and a woman fell to their deaths through a hole in the ground. The pair had tumbled through the collapsed roof of an underground cave.

A storm soon washed their bodies into a lake or pool within the cave. Wet soil rapidly hardened around the bodies, protecting their bones.

The cave sits within the Malapa Nature Reserve in South Africa. In 2008, 9-year-old Matthew Berger was exploring the cave when he spotted a bone sticking out of a ...

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