Early people still licked the trees two million years ago, scientists say after confirming that fossils are a "missing link" in the family tree of mankind.
they were found at the site of the fossils in Malapa in South Africa 10 years ago.
And now researchers have found that they are closely related to the Homo genus, which is a link between the early humans and their ancestors, proving that the early humans are still
The site of Malappa, South Africa, "The Cradle of Humanity "was accidentally discovered by nine-year-old Matthew Berger after pursuing his dog.
eventually led to the findings of this week, detailed in the journal Paleoanthropology.
Findings help fill the gap in the history of humanity, sliding between the famous 3 million people. year old skeleton of Lucy and the "handsome man" Homo habilis, which was found to use tools between 1
They show that the early humans of the period "spend considerable time climbing on the trees" "Perhaps for feeding and protection from predators," according to the study in the journal Paleoanthropology. "This larger picture sheds light on A. sediba's life paths, and also on a major transition in the hominid evolution," researcher Scott Williams of the University of New York.
"Australopithecus" means the Southern Monkey, a family of Hominins, who lived about 2 million years ago.
Their discovery unlocked years of debate in the scientific community, with some rejecting the idea that they are from previously unknown species with close ties to homo and others, floating the idea that they are of two different kinds.
But the new study puts these proposals at rest and outlines the "many features" that skeletons share with the fossils of the Hands and the Australian Hedgehog Hams for example show that they spend a lot of time climbing the trees. Hands have a grabbing ability that is more advanced than Homo habilis, suggesting that he was also an early user of the instrument.
The article's researchers highlight the remarkable story of how the fossils were found, pointing out that other dramatic clues to the history of mankind are still waiting to see the light of the day. Sediba was discovered by Matthew Berger, then a nine-year-old boy who happened to stop and look at the rock he stumbled following his dog Tau away from the Malapa pit, "they write. Matthew stumbled across the rock and continued to follow his dog without seeing the fossil, they added.
"If these events happened instead, our science would not know about Au. sediba, but these fossils would still be there, still embedded in calcified clays, still waiting to be discovered. we still have so much to understand about our evolutionary past, "the authors conclude.