2 million-year-old skeleton found in Cradle of Humankind

South African scientists claim to have uncovered the “the most complete skeleton yet of an ancient relative of man”:

The remains of a juvenile hominid skeleton, of the newly identified Australopithecus (southern ape) sediba species, are the “most complete early human ancestor skeleton ever discovered”, University of Witwatersrand palaeontologist Lee Berger said.

The skeleton is thought to be about 2 million years old.

The upright-walking tree climber would have been aged between nine and 13 years when he or she died.

It is not certain whether the species, which had long arms, a small brain and a thumb, was a direct ancestor of humans’ genus, Homo, or simply a close relative.

The Cradle of Humankind, now a World Heritage Site, is the oldest continuous palaeontological dig in the world.

Remains of four A. sediba skeletons have been discovered in South Africa’s Malapa cave, 50 kilometres north of Johannesburg, since 2008. The individuals are believed to have fallen into a pit in the cave and died.

Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald.

  • UrsaMinor

    Yeah, but who are you going to believe, Genesis or some guy who’s dug up actual physical evidence of the human lineage?

    • SJones

      Personally, I’ll take physical evidence everyday over a loosely cobbled together and highly edited book.

    • mikespeir

      Why, you believe the Word of God, of course!

      Whaddya mean, Who says it’s the Word of God?

  • Custador

    I’m sure Kirk Cameron will explain it away…

  • Buffy

    Satan left it to confuse and mislead us.

  • SunshinEsBH

    If you ever get yourselves down to SA the Cradle of Humankind is an awesome place to visit. Very close to Johannesburg and well worth the drive.

    So another reason to visit a great tourist orientated country :->

    Not spam, just me feeling a bit homesick after reading this.