Old relative steps down

Ancient human ancestor climbed trees but also walked clumsily upright on the ground

By Stephen Ornes, 14:56 PM April 10, 2012

Stories about ancient times can be told by bones, and it doesn’t take many. Researchers needed only eight in the case of a new study on an old species. These bones, which had been buried in Ethiopia for 3.4 million years, were part of the toes of a newfound gorilla-like species.

Anthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History worked on the new analyses of the bones. Anthropologists study humankind, and Haile-Selassie’s work explores the earliest human a...

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