Scientist Discover Little Foot, a Skeleton Older Than Lucy

April 6, 2015 4:33 AM

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Prof. Ronald Clarke of the University of Witwatersrand (Evolutionary Studies Institute) was the one who discovered Little Foot. He believes that later human beings might not have descended from Australopithecus afarensis. Little Foot is Australopithecus Prometheus. Clarke explains that the findings prove that later hominids such as Paranthropus and Australopithecus africanus did not all have Australopithecus afarensis as ancestor. Having only a small number of sites available, the researchers only have a reduced number of fossils to base their evolutionary scenarios on. He also added that the newly discovered data indicates that many other species of Australopithecus could have extended over a much larger area of Africa.

According to previously conducted investigations Little Foot was 2 to 4 million years old. This co-occurs with the same period of time when Australopithecus is considered to have existed on Earth. The creator of the dating method used on Little Foot was Darryl Granger from the University of Purdue. ...

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