- South African researchers have gathered
complete skeleton of a human ancestor greater than 1.5 million
- It is estimated that Australopithecus is 3.6 million
- Researchers took 20 years to excavate and
reconstruct the skeleton, which was found in a cave outside
JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Researchers in South Africa have revealed
what they call "by far the most complete skeleton of a human
ancestor with more than 1.5 million years found ".
The University of Witwatersrand exhibited virtually
Complete fossil Australopithecus on Wednesday.
The skeleton dates back 3.6 million years. His discovery is
is expected to help researchers better understand the
the appearance and movement of the ancestors
Researchers say it took 20 years to dig, clean,
reconstruct and analyze the fragile skeleton.
The bones were discovered in the Sterkfontein caves outside
Johannesburg after fragments of foot and leg bones were found from
rock thrown from the cave by the miners.
Researchers praise the skeleton project as important to the south
The legacy of Africa and "our common humanity".