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Fossil spine suggests ancient human relative walked like us, but climbed like an ape

By Scott A. Williams, Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology, New York University
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Around two million years ago an ancient human relative, Australopithecus sediba, lived in what is today South Africa, nearby a cave called Malapa that’s a part of the Cradle of Humankind. Until recently, it was not clear how much the species spent climbing in trees and walking on two legs on the ground.

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