2010 Science News of the Year: Humans

By Science News, 13:47 PM December 16, 2010

Bones shown on black background.
Credit: Y. Haile-Selassie et al/PNAS 2010

Extreme makeover for Lucy’s kind
Recent fossil discoveries suggest that the early hominid species represented by the famous bones of Lucy, who lived 3.2 million years ago in Ethiopia, may have been more like modern humans than previously thought. The skeleton of a 3.6-million-year-old male of the same species, Australopithecus afarensis, shows that he had a nearly humanlike gait and ground-based lifestyle, says a team led by anthropologist Yo...

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