3.8-Million-Year-Old Face Fills in Gaps in Human Evolution

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The remarkably complete skull of a human ancestor of the genus Australopithecus fills in some of the gaps in the human evolutionary tree. (Dale Omori / Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

A 3.8-Million-Year-Old Skull Puts a New Face on a Little-Known Human Ancestor

by  Brian Handwerk Smithsonian.com

Spotting the intact Australopithecus skull in the Ethiopian dirt caused paleoanthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie to literally jump for joy. “It was something that I’ve never seen before, and I’ve seen a lot of cranial fossils,” he says.

The chance discovery by Haile-Selassie and an Ethiopian shepherd has created a captivating portrait of 3.8-million-year-old face, providing an unprecedented look at a hominin species from a key stage of human evolution. Experts say the extraordinary fossil can help redefine the branches of humans’ evolutionary tree during a time when our ancestors had just evolved efficient ways to walk upright.

“This cranium looks set to become another celebrated icon of human evolution,” Fred Spoor, a human evolution researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, writes in a News & Views article that accompanied Haile-Selassie and colleagues’ new study in the journal Nature.

The amazingly complete skull surfaced at Woranso-Mille, in Ethiopia’s Afar region, back in 2016. But it has taken 3 and a half years of hard work to answer the first question that arose—just what kind of skull is it?

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  1. …I cannot comment on the rest of the fossil found as I have not read the full article, but it mentioned Australopithecus skull, so the same family of the famed “Lucy” found in Kenya more than 40 years ago. Her bones indicated that she could be an upright walking ape with powerful bones/muscles but an ape anyway. Darwinist will do everything to find their missing link on the so called human evolution, but they can scratch (even one knows how hard it is to make a fossil initially and how hard it is to find these intact) and they will never find such thing. For my part, I have come to the conclusion, so far, that we humans are a genetic experiment product between something on this earth (most probably an upright walking ape of some sorts and the Annunaki DNA), as the Sumerian tables explicitly told us. Yes, in all probability, we are GMO too and come to grip with it. If new evidences to the contrary come to light, then I shall study it and review my opinion accordingly.

  2. I was a proponent long ago of Darwinism until I looked at DNA, genome but as well noticed that some species did not change (examples are the prehistoric and living fossil like the horshoe crab and the coelacanth fish to cite a few). Even the primordial bacterias like prokaryotes, eukaryotes and stromatolites have not changed since 4 billion years. But where I was really upset with the scientists is when they use mumbo jumbo explanation or first class words or outright lies (the Piltdown Man come to mind) and even rug under the carpet when a discovery does not fit the model. The skull I see above in this article is simply of a powerful ape, not a modern human or its predecessor Cro-Magnons. The skull has strong bone, as expected in primates and its shape is certainly not of modern human or even closer…

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