Almost human


THE hands of Australopithecus, a human ancestor who lived 3.3 million years ago, looked more like human hands than those of our nearest living relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas (South African Journal of Science, vol 95, p 477). Although many Australopithecus remains have been found, this is the first with its hand and arm bones intact. A team led by Ronald Clarke of the J. W. Goethe University in Frankfurt found the remains in the Sterkfontein Caves near Johannesburg, South Africa. Clarke discovered the skull and leg bones last year. The living apes have evolved specialised hands. Gorillas and chimps have long,
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