Australopithecus sediba skull (B Eloff/ University of Witwatersrand)
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Human origins story takes new turn

The ancient remains of two human-like creatures found in South Africa could change the way we view our origins.

The 1.9-million-year-old fossils were first described in 2010, and given the species name Australopithecus sediba.

But an in-depth analysis, published in the journal Science, suggest this species was on the direct evolutionary line to us - Homo sapiens.

Dr William Harcourt-Smith, from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, explains how Australopithecus relates to modern humans.

  • 08 Sep 2011
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