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New early skeleton, believed to be human ancestor, unearthed?

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From “Early Human Ancestor, Australopithecus Sediba, Fossils Discovered in Rock” (Science Daily, July 12, 2012), we learn,

“We have discovered parts of a jaw and critical aspects of the body including what appear to be a complete femur (thigh bone), ribs, vertebrae and other important limb elements, some never before seen in such completeness in the human fossil record,” says Berger. “This discovery will almost certainly make Karabo the most complete early human ancestor skeleton ever discovered. We are obviously quite excited as it appears that we now have some of the most critical and complete remains of the skeleton, albeit encased in solid rock. It’s a big day for us as a team and for our field as a whole.”

The remains are invisible to the casual observer and are entrenched in a large rock about one metre in diameter. It was discovered almost three years ago, but lay unnoticed in the Wits laboratories until early last month.


Thanks for the additional info. Wikipedia is hardly a trusted source these days though. Hell my university won't even allow us to reference them unless absolutely necessary. coresa
Wikipedia has a beautiful photo of the skull. It's gorgeous. Cranial size is intermediate between the means of Australopithecus africanus and Homo erectus, but within the ranges of each. Brain size, one third that of modern humans. Its hand is very modern.
The cranial capacity of MH1 [Karabo], which has been estimated to be at 95% of adult capacity (420 ml/cc), is at the higher end of the range for A. africanus and far from the lower range of early Homo (631 ml/cc), but the mandible and tooth size are quite gracile and similar to what one would expect to find in H. erectus; so similar are these features that, if found in isolation without other skeletal remains, they could be classified as Homo based on tooth and mandible size. However, the cusp spacing is more like Australopithecus.
A. sediba compared to its ancestor species A. africanus on the whole is described by Berger et al. as more derived towards Homo than A. garhi, especially showing a number of synapomorphies taken to anticipate the reorganization of the pelvis in H. erectus, associated with "more energetically efficient walking and running". The femur and tibia are fragmentary, but the foot combines an advanced anklebone combined with a primitive heel.[10] Its cranial capacity is estimated at around 420–450 cm3 (26–27 cu in),[2] about one-third that of modern humans. A. sediba had a surprisingly modern hand, whose precision grip suggests it might have been another tool-making Australopithecus.
Another Darwinian fantasy no doubt. Factoring in their shocking rate of failed predictions, evidences etc - are we honestly expected to believe any of their further claims? Lets look at this statement again removing fact from Darwinian fiction. “We have discovered parts of a jaw and critical aspects of the body including what appear to be a complete femur (thigh bone), ribs, vertebrae and other important limb elements" Ok so you've found some bones, great. This part is the science, the facts. The rest of his comments are nothing more than Darwinian speculation. Its always the same with Darwinist claims - 1 part science, 1 part fiction (or religion some would say). humbled
Its not human. Its a ape as its unlikely a human would get fossilized like this. By the way a complete skeleton of a female should show if she would have pain giving birth. this would settle for YEC if its human. Robert Byers
I wonder what it will be after it hatches? JoeCoder

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