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Meet Your New Ancestor: Slideshow

By History.com Staff
Researchers think they’ve identified the earliest known human ancestor, according to a collection of papers published in the September 9 issue of Science. Australopithecus sediba, which exhibits a mix of primitive and human traits, could rewrite the story of our evolution, replacing other species as the most likely predecessor of the Homo genus. Not bad for skeletal remains accidentally unearthed by a 9-year-old boy when he wandered away from his paleoanthropologist father during a 2008 dig in South Africa. Check out the images below to find out why Australopithecus sediba may represent the first step toward humankind.

Categories: Early Humans, Evolution