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Prehistoric Pelvis Offers Clues to Human Development
November 13, 2008
Discovery of the most intact female pelvis of Homo erectus may cause scientists to reevaluate how early humans evolved to successfully birth larger-brained babies. A reconstruction of the 1.2 million-year-old pelvis, discovered in 2001 in the Gona Study Area at Afar, Ethiopia, has led researchers to speculate that early man was better equipped to produce larger-brained babies than first thought. The actual fossils remain in Ethiopia.
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