Fossil Found in Africa May Be A Human Ancestor

Two skeletons found in a subterranean cave system in South Africa reveals it to be a different species that may add to the link of human ancestors.606px-Human-evolution-scheme

The fossils are dated to be about two million years old. The bones are that of an adult female in her 30s and a child male aged between 8-13 years old. The species classification assigned to the discovery is Australopithecus sediba.

The discovery was made by the son of Professor Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

“It’s the opinion of my colleagues and I thatĀ [A. sediba] may very well be the Rosetta stone that unlocks our understanding of the genusĀ Homo,” he said. Homo is the biological group of human beings while the Rosetta stone is the artifact that helped decode the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt.

The findings are currently published and can be fully read in the journal Science.