Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Museum curator introduces new fossil in hominid family tree

Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie has done it again! This week the Cleveland Museum of Natural History announced that Dr. Haile-Selassie and his team researching human origins in the Woranso-Mille region of his native Ethiopia discovered a new member of our ever-evolving hominid family tree. The latest addition, discovered during the 2005 field season and published this week in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, belongs to Lucy's species, Australopithecus afarensis, but differs greatly in size and stature from her short, slight build. Nicknamed "Kadanuumu," "big man" in the Afar language, this fellow lived 400,000 years before Lucy and would have stood between 5 and 5 1/2 feet tall, up to two feet taller than Lucy.

For more information click here to visit the Museum's website on the find, or check out the front page article from John Mangels in today's Plain Dealer.

Photo credit: Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Liz Russell, Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Used with permission from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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