Uncle George! Is that you?
Scientists yesterday announced the discovery of the oldest fossil skeleton of a human ancestor in Ethiopia’s harsh Afar desert.
The find reveals that our forebears underwent a previously unknown stage of evolution more than a million years before Lucy, the iconic early human ancestor specimen that walked the Earth 3.2 million years ago.
The skeleton belonged to a small-brained, 110-pound female nicknamed ‘Ardi.’
The fossil puts to rest the notion that a chimpanzee-like missing link would eventually be found at the root of the human family tree.
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