When he died, "Turkana Boy" stood roughly 5 feet, 3 inches.
New comparisons of Turkana Boy's teeth with those of modern chimpanzees and gorillas at various ages indicate that the child would have reached an adult height of 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches, reported Christopher Ruff on April 10.
A team led by Ronda Graves, then at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, estimated in the November 2010 Journal of Human Evolution that Turkana Boy would have reached an adult height of 5 feet, 4 inches, just a tick taller than when he died.
The Turkana region is famous for its human origins discovery-that of the 1.6m-year-old skeleton of the eight-year-old 'Turkana Boy
The nation has become famous for the discovery of Turkana boy
, a nearly complete skeleton of a hominid who died in the early Pleistocene era.
Lucy Australopithecus and Turkana Boy
are not, as she claims, examples of transition from one species to another.
Turkana Boy, as he is known, is the most complete skeleton of a prehistoric human ever found, hailed by scientists as one of the world's most famous fossil finds.
"I did not evolve from Turkana Boy or anything like it," says Bishop Boniface Adoyo, head of the country's 35 evangelical denominations, which he claims have around 10m followers.
Samuel Muteti, a research scientist at Kenya National Museum, displays a replica of Turkana Boy
Leakey, however, finds "Lucy" still too apelike, and asserts that a human Rubicon was crossed only with "Turkana boy
," a 1.6-million-year-old skeleton he himself discovered in 1984.
Other transitional species have been found, including the 'Turkana Boy
', a 1.6 million-year-old fossil child found in 1984 in Kenya, who is 'a true intermediate between modern humans and other primates.' This evidence, together with that provided by genetics and more recently DNA, seems to me to prove the truth of Darwin's theory most convincingly.