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Researchers Claim Find of Early Human Ancestor

A group of scientists announced Thursday what they say is the discovery of an extinct early ancestor of humans. The researchers, who published their findings in the journal eLIFE, call the new species Homo naledi. They said it likely walked upright, stood about 1.5 meters tall and weighed 45 kilograms. They also described the hands and feet as human-like, but said the ribcage, shoulders and pelvis were closer to other early ancestors than to those of modern humans. The discovery is the...

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