“Ancient bones found in Africa have been assembled into a skull that may extend man’s immediate ancestry back more than one million years earlier than previously believed. The fragments, making up a skull with striking resemblances to that of modern man, were found in a layer of material that had been deposited about 2.6 million years ago. Richard Leaky, co-leader of the expedition that found the bones, said the skull seemed to displace two other man-like creatures widely thought to represent the early stages in man’s development. One of them, a beetle-browed type known as Homo erectus, lived far more recently — about a million years ago — yet is less like modern man than the newly found skull. The other reputed ancestor, Australopithecus, an ape-like ‘man’ that walked relatively erect, lived 2.5 to 3 million years ago. It now appears to have been a contemporary of the more modern-looking type, rather than ancestral to the men of today.”

Source: Walter Sullivan. “Skull Pushes Back Man’s Origin.” New York Times. November 10, 1972. http://www.nytimes.com/1972/11/10/archives/skull-pushes-back-mans-origin-skull-pushes-back-mans-origins-one.html?_r=0.


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