Fossils reveal a strong-armed, dead-end hominid

Brawny-limbed human relative walked and climbed trees in East Africa

By Bruce Bower, 10:22 AM December 10, 2013

A first look at the strapping arms and legs of an unusual member of the human evolutionary family has arisen from new fossil finds at Tanzania’s famous Olduvai Gorge site.

A team led by paleoanthropologist Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo of Complutense University of Madrid unearthed nine teeth and large parts of two arm bones and two leg bones from an adult male Paranthropus boisei. This hominid, known for having a relatively small brain, big jaws and large teeth at the back of the mouth, lived alon...

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