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Discovery of Foot Fossil Confirms Two Human Ancestor Species Coexisted 3.4 Million Years Ago
March 28, 2012
An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of a 3.4 million-year-old partial foot from the Afar region of Ethiopia. The foot fossil indicates that Lucy's species, Australopithecus afarensis was not the only hominin species living in eastern Africa at this time.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
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