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Scientists Announce Discovery of 3.6 Million-year-old Relative of 'Lucy'


June 21, 2010

fragment of the lower arm bone of A. afarensis An international team of scientists discovered and analyzed a 3.6 million-year-old partial skeleton found in Ethiopia. Research indicates that advanced, human-like, upright walking occurred much earlier than previously thought. Full Story

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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