New member of the Human Family Tree – Australopithecus sediba

A new hominin discovery, Australopithecus sediba, has thrown the anthropological world into a flurry as they seek to place the new species on the human family tree. Some have argued that as a member of the genus Australopithecus, the new species should be viewed as an immediate ancestor to members of the genus Homo (including ourselves, the illustrius Homo sapiens sapiens). Still, it seems more readily positioned as a distance ‘cousin’ on the human family tree.

The recent find was announced at this year’s annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.  You can read more about the find via this Science Article by Ann Gibbons. Additionally, you can read the academic publication at Science by Michael Balter (requires a paid subscription).

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