Australopithecus


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Australopithecus

a genus of early Pleistocene primate that was hominid in some features but ape-like in others, such as the skull. Southern African in origin, Australopithecus was upright in posture.
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anamensis' younger relative, Australopithecus afarensis.
The earliest members of the hominin genus Australopithecus have remained poorly understood, because of the near-absence of cranial remains older than 3.5m years.
Australopithecus afarensis is one of the longest-lived and most studied early human species.
Known as MRD and scientifically belonging to Australopithecus anamensis, the (https://www.foxnews.com/science/lucy-ancestor-skull-ethiopia-discovered) fossilized cranium was found in the Woranso-Mille paleontological site, located in the Afar region of Ethiopia.A The site is also approximately 34 miles north of Hadar, a village in Ethiopia, where Lucy was discovered in 1974.
Australopithecus anamensis is the earliest-known species of Australopithecus and widely accepted as the progenitor of 'Lucy's' species, Australopithecus afarensis.
According to the team of researchers, these finds suggest for the first time the existence of a long-lasting mother-infant bond in Australopithecus. This makes the researchers rethink on the social organisations among our earliest ancestors.
Another is Australopithecus sediba, from a cave in South Africa and found just a decade ago.
Preliminarily, we applied this technique to robust Australopithecus from Swartkrans, South Africa.
The first bones were Australopithecus, and were found by Mary one day when Louis stayed home sick.
Using CT scan technology, they say Lucy, who was of the Australopithecus afarensis species, likely plunged to her death from a height of 40 feet, suffering fractures from her ankles to her jaw.
"The size of ancient fossil skull holes show how blood flow have increased from three million-year-old Australopithecus to modern humans," said Edward Snelling, researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa.
Australopithecus afarensis is supposed to be the oldest known, generally accepted hominid which was derived from Australopithecus family.