Ancient boy died surprisingly young

Ancient boy died surprisingly young

Australopithecus sediba child was 7.5 years old, not 9, study concludes

By Bruce Bower, 16:34 PM April 14, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta—  A nearly 2-million-year-old Australopithecus sediba skeleton from South Africa belonged to a boy who was just 7.5 years old when he plunged to his death in an underground cave, Harvard University’s Adeline Le Cabec reported on April 11 at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meeting. Researchers previously assumed that the boy was no younger than 9 years old, based on the extent of his tooth eruption and bone development.

Le Cabec’s team used an imagin...

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