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Australopithecus Sediba to be dumped from human family?

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From Ann Gibbons at Science:

A remarkably complete skeleton introduced in 2010 as “the best candidate” for the immediate ancestor of our genus Homo may just be a pretender. Instead of belonging to the human lineage, the new species of Australopithecus sediba is more closely related to other hominins from South Africa that are on a side branch of the human family tree, according to a new analysis of the fossil presented here last week at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.More.

When you get kicked out of the human family, it’s not like there is a ceremony or anything. Or is there?

See also: Choosing between Sediba and Naledi as human ancestor?

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3 Replies to “Australopithecus Sediba to be dumped from human family?

  1. 1
    Dionisio says:

    A remarkably complete skeleton introduced in 2010 as “the best candidate” for the immediate ancestor of our genus Homo may just be a pretender.

    Can a skeleton be a pretender?
    Can a skeleton pretend anything?

  2. 2
    Dionisio says:

    What made them change their minds so drastically?

  3. 3
    Dionisio says:

    Why did they say that they belong but later changed their minds and said they don’t?
    Are those folks that insecure? Do they have identity problems? Do they lack self esteem?
    Aren’t there some cool online tools to trace genealogy?
    Can’t they access internet?
    🙂

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