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Big Rob
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Nature Article Extract (full article available with subscription) and Reuters Wire.


Nature 443, 296-301(21 September 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05047; Received 22 April 2006; Accepted 6 July 2006


A juvenile early hominin skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia
Abstract


Understanding changes in ontogenetic development is central to the study of human evolution. With the exception of Neanderthals, the growth patterns of fossil hominins have not been studied comprehensively because the fossil record currently lacks specimens that document both cranial and postcranial development at young ontogenetic stages. Here we describe a well-preserved 3.3-million-year-old juvenile partial skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis discovered in the Dikika research area of Ethiopia. The skull of the approximately three-year-old presumed female shows that most features diagnostic of the species are evident even at this early stage of development. The find includes many previously unknown skeletal elements from the Pliocene hominin record, including a hyoid bone that has a typical African ape morphology. The foot and other evidence from the lower limb provide clear evidence for bipedal locomotion, but the gorilla-like scapula and long and curved manual phalanges raise new questions about the importance of arboreal behaviour in the A. afarensis locomotor repertoire.

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UPDATE 1-Remains of earliest child discovered in Ethiopia

(Updates with quotes from Addis news conference, adds details)

By Patricia Reaney

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - A 3.3 million-year-old skeleton

of the earliest child ever found shows the ancient ancestor of

modern humans walked upright but may also have climbed trees,

scientists said on Wednesday.

They found the well-preserved remains of a three-year-old

girl of the species Australopithecus afarensis -- which includes

the fossil skeleton known as "Lucy" -- in the Dikika area of

Ethiopia, 400 kms northeast of the capital Addis Ababa.

"It represents the earliest and most complete partial

skeleton of a child ever found in the history of

paeleoanthropology," said Dr Zeresenay Alemseged, of the Max

Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig,

Germany.

The skull, torso and upper and lower limbs, including the

hand, show both human and ape-like features. The state of the

ancient bones suggest she was buried in a flood which may also

have caused her death.

The remains provide the first evidence of what babies of

early human ancestors looked like. The nearly complete skeleton

will also provide information about the child's height and

structure.

"This child will help us understand a lot about the species

to which it belongs," said Alemseged, leader of the

international team of scientists who reported the findings in

the journal Nature.

"The lower part of the body, which includes the foot, the

shin bone and the thigh bone clearly shows us that this species

was an upright walking creature," he told Reuters.

But some of the features from the upper part of the body,

including the shoulder blade and arms are more ape-like. The

fingers are long and curved which suggest she might have been

able to swing through trees.

"The finding is the most complete hominid skeleton ever

found in the world," Zeresenay Alemseged, who is head of the

Paleoanthropological Research Team, told a news conference in

Addis Ababa.

He said the fossil was older than the 3.2-million-year-old

remains of "Lucy" discovered in 1974 and described by scientists

as one of the world's greatest archaeological finds.

"The new bones belong to a three-year-old girl who lived 3.3

million years ago, 150,000 years before Lucy," Zeresenay said.

The fossil has been named "Selam", which means peace in

Ethiopia's official Amharic language.



JUVENILE "LUCY"

Dr Simon Underdown of Oxford Brookes University in England

described it as a massively exciting discovery of a juvenile

"Lucy". "This tremendous fossil will make us challenge many of

the ideas we have about how and why we came to walk on two

feet," he said.

An analysis of the sediment in which the remains were found

enabled researchers to build a picture of the type of

environment in which the child lived.

It was a lush area with flowing water, forests and grassland

which was also affected by volcanic eruptions. The range of

habitats was suitable for hippos, crocodiles and relatives of

the wildebeest.

"We can see from the sediment that the region was very much

characterised by a mosaic of environment that ranged from

forests and woodlands near the rivers, to seasonally flooded

grasslands to a flood plain that would have supported more open

vegetation," said Dr Jonathan Wynn of the University of South

Florida who dated the sediments surrounding the remains.





REUTERS

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Post #2 Wed, Sep 20, 6:11 PM
AMGrulz
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That's one ugly baby
Post #3 Wed, Sep 20, 6:12 PM
944turb0
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3.3 million years is hella ago.
One of my favorite misinformed "opinions" about the 9/11 event is the hilariously overblown claims that part of the reason the Twin Towers collapsed was the extremely high temperature of burning jet fuel caused the steel structures to warp and partially melt. Anybody that knows anything about both fire and metal should recognize this is a complete fallacy and utter lunacy. Steel is a conductor of heat, it isn't something that just absorbs it and melts down. Have you ever tried to burn a paper clip, or a nail? Fire just doesn't work like that.

Post #4 Wed, Sep 20, 6:13 PM
Big Rob
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Quote from 944turb0
3.3 million years is hella ago.
Before the Bible even! How can that be?!
I like Lotus.The cool,fast cars they,I like cars.

Post #5 Wed, Sep 20, 6:13 PM
Baker427
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blasphemy
Post #6 Wed, Sep 20, 6:14 PM
Robot Jim
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Quote from Big Rob
Before the Bible even! How can that be?!
h4x
Post #7 Wed, Sep 20, 6:14 PM
PandaBeat
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Quote from Robot Jim
h4x
+1
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Post #8 Wed, Sep 20, 6:15 PM
NB
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Quote from 944turb0
3.3 million years is hella ago.
Stangman was but a wee lad. He'll be pissed they've disturbed his twin brother's grave.
GET #$%#ED! I KNOW PETER MELICAN TOO!

Post #9 Wed, Sep 20, 6:15 PM
AMGrulz
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Quote from NB
Stangman was but a wee lad. He'll be pissed they've disturbed his twin brother's grave.
+1
Post #10 Wed, Sep 20, 6:28 PM
stewacide
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Post #11 Wed, Sep 20, 6:29 PM
clever robot
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Quote from stewacide
Satan deceives you.
That icon is amazing.
Hay thupercars

Post #12 Wed, Sep 20, 6:53 PM
stewacide
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Quote from clever robot
That icon is amazing.
Once I get CS2 by Photoshop skillz will reach critical mass and the line between what is real and what is fabricated will be exonerable torn asunder.
Hepatitis B is a real bad rap!

Post #13 Wed, Sep 20, 6:59 PM
Comunista
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Quote from stewacide
Once I get CS2 by Photoshop skillz will reach critical mass and the line between what is real and what is fabricated will be exonerable torn asunder.
and it'll still look like a sheep's asshole.
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Post #14 Wed, Sep 20, 6:59 PM
clever robot
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Quote from stewacide
Once I get CS2 by Photoshop skillz will reach critical mass and the line between what is real and what is fabricated will be exonerable torn asunder.
I went on a photoshop CS2 fest a few weeks ago and dropped bombs on some myspace pages.... my friend Chris said that this one ended up being the desktop wallpaper for about 8 of his former college friends when he visited them last week.
Hay thupercars


Edited by clever robot - Wed, Sep 20, 7:00 PM
Post #15 Wed, Sep 20, 9:07 PM
MooSquad
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This needs a bump because it's a bloody impressive find. The article that is.
Post #16 Wed, Sep 20, 9:10 PM
NB
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IS IT APE OR MAN>
GET #$%#ED! I KNOW PETER MELICAN TOO!

Post #17 Wed, Sep 20, 9:11 PM
Big Rob
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Quote from NB
IS IT APE OR MAN>
MAPE
I like Lotus.The cool,fast cars they,I like cars.

Post #18 Wed, Sep 20, 9:14 PM
NB
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Quote from Big Rob
MAPE
AN
GET #$%#ED! I KNOW PETER MELICAN TOO!

Post #19 Wed, Sep 20, 9:14 PM
stewacide
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I was hella-into this kind of stuff as a kid. What's more interesting/puzzleing IMHO than this kind of stuff is the more recent history or how the world was populated/our species evolved over the past few hundred thousand years...
Hepatitis B is a real bad rap!

Post #20 Wed, Sep 20, 9:15 PM
m0nsta
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Quote from NB
IS IT APE OR MAN>
ITS A NIGGLET!1!~
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Post #21 Wed, Sep 20, 9:16 PM
NB
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Quote from m0nsta
ITS A NIGGLET!1!~
Niglet is my guilty pleasure word.
GET #$%#ED! I KNOW PETER MELICAN TOO!

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lizardmech
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Post #23 Wed, Sep 20, 9:46 PM
RLQ
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That skull pretty much relates to todays Ethiopians.
"People who own guns but don't support abortion don't matter anyway because their penises are so small that they can't even get a girl pregnant." SupraMan

Post #24 Wed, Sep 20, 9:51 PM
TransSportRacer
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Quote from RLQ
That skull pretty much relates to todays Ethiopians.
it pretty much relates to every human ever.
No Xombies

Post #25 Wed, Sep 20, 9:54 PM
RLQ
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Quote from TransSportRacer
it pretty much relates to every human ever.
Maybe because Ethiopians look like skeletons?
"People who own guns but don't support abortion don't matter anyway because their penises are so small that they can't even get a girl pregnant." SupraMan

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