Yvonne Carts-Powell

A Lucy-contemporary hominid had opposable toes

In beautiful, Science on March 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm


A video from Nature describes a newly-published report of a opposable-toed hominid from Ethiopia that lived at the same time as Lucy (or rather, as Lucy’s species, Australopithecus afarensis). Nobody knows if it’s a new species — that’s a lot to surmise from a couple fossilized foot bones. But it’s intriguing and fascinating work.

Here’s a brief writeup:One foot in the past : Nature.

And here’s the paper in Nature: A new hominin foot from Ethiopia shows multiple Pliocene bipedal adaptations.

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  1. Our lineage is very bushy, but the earlier in time we go the less bushy it is. This is likely a result of the fact that the older a fossil is the less likely it is to survive until the present day, so there are likely many new species from this time and prior that are just waiting to be discovered. This seems to be the first tantalising glimpse this.

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