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partial jaw fossil

EVOLUTION’S BITE  A researcher holds a 2.8-million-year-old partial jaw near where it was found in Ethiopia. The fossil’s discoverers say it represents the earliest known member of the human genus, Homo.

wheat map

GRAIN TRAIN  Agriculture spread from what’s now Turkey along southern (purple arrow) and northern routes (yellow arrows) into Europe. DNA recovered from soil at the underwater site of Bouldnor Cliff indicates that wheat reached England at least 2,000 years before it was first grown there.

Paranthropus robustus jaw and teeth

AGING DOWN  A Paranthropus robustus child, represented by this jaw and teeth, died at age 3.1, according to new evidence. The child was several months younger at death than previously estimated. P. robustus lived in what’s now South Africa between 2 million and 1.5 million years ago.

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