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Most complete skeleton of ancient relative of man found
Telegraph UK ^ | Thursday, July 13, 2012 | AFP

Posted on 07/13/2012 5:18:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

The remains of a juvenile hominid skeleton, of the newly identified Australopithecus (southern ape) sediba species, are the "most complete early human ancestor skeleton ever discovered," according to Lee Berger, a paleontologist from the University of Witwatersrand.

"We have discovered parts of a jaw and critical aspects of the body including what appear to be a complete femur (thigh bone), ribs, vertebrae and other important limb elements, some never before seen in such completeness in the human fossil record," said Prof Berger.

The latest discovery was made in a one-metre-wide rock that lay unnoticed for years in a laboratory until a technician incidentally saw a tooth sticking out of the black stone last month.

It was then scanned to reveal significant parts of A. sediba, whose other parts were discovered in 2009 in the world-famous Cradle of Humankind north of Johannesburg.

It is not certain whether the species, which had long arms, a small brain and a thumb, was a direct ancestor of humans' genus, Homo, or simply a close relative.

"It appears that we now have some of the most critical and complete remains of the skeleton," said Berger.

Other team members were equally enthusiastic.

"It's like putting together the pieces of a puzzle," university laboratory manager Bonita De Klerk said.

The skeleton is thought to be around two million years old and would have been aged between nine and 13 years when the upright-walking tree climber died.

De Klerk said: "It was in packing this (stone) up in the vehicle to go and be scanned that one of our technicians actually noticed a tooth sticking out on the surface and he called Lee over and said, 'Oh, I think this is a hominid tooth', and he was right."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: africa; australopithecus; godsgravesglyphs; southafrica
(L) The skull of MH1, a juvenile male Australopithecus Sediba and paleontologist Professor Lee Burger (R) poses with the highly intact remains of 'Karabo,' a young speciman of Australopithecus sebida Photo: AFP/AP

Most complete skeleton of ancient relative of man found

1 posted on 07/13/2012 5:19:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

Shoulda flossed...


2 posted on 07/13/2012 5:23:29 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Jeez, enormous eye sockets!


3 posted on 07/13/2012 5:23:48 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: SunkenCiv
Well, as Ralph Kramden once said to Alice, “hominid, hominid, hominid...”
4 posted on 07/13/2012 5:24:11 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: SunkenCiv

Makes you wonder what other treasures are lying around in museums undiscovered.


5 posted on 07/13/2012 5:24:33 PM PDT by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: SunkenCiv

6 posted on 07/13/2012 5:27:10 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: All

OH GREAT!!! Another Democrat voter? Where do they dig these guys up????


7 posted on 07/13/2012 5:28:00 PM PDT by Klemper
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To: Melian

pieced together from fragments found miles apart and others “recreated” to fit the scenario....
usual Darwinian evolutionary crock.


8 posted on 07/13/2012 5:28:18 PM PDT by nevermorelenore
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To: nevermorelenore

Looks like a monkey or ape skull to me.


9 posted on 07/13/2012 5:34:54 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The professor looks like our man Rush.


10 posted on 07/13/2012 5:35:58 PM PDT by Track9
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To: fhayek

Now that’s funny right there.


11 posted on 07/13/2012 5:38:49 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SunkenCiv

,,,,,,, if 0bama had a son ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


12 posted on 07/13/2012 5:43:03 PM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: isthisnickcool; squarebarb; fhayek; Melian; FreeAtlanta; Klemper; Track9

Thanks, and/or LOL, as appropriate. Sidebars:
13 posted on 07/13/2012 5:43:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield, and have a safe one.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


14 posted on 07/13/2012 5:43:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

15 posted on 07/13/2012 5:44:53 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: nevermorelenore

It wasn’t “pieced together from fragments found miles apart” and nothing was “recreated” — IOW, your remark was the usual anti-scientific crock.


16 posted on 07/13/2012 5:45:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

17 posted on 07/13/2012 5:54:01 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: SunkenCiv
Meter - Mile Whats the difference? LOL

The latest discovery was made in a one-metre-wide rock that lay unnoticed for years in a laboratory until a technician incidentally saw a tooth sticking out of the black stone last month.
18 posted on 07/13/2012 5:54:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Melian

The ship that brought my great grandfather from Europe is full of dinosaur bones at the bottom of the Atlantic where it was sunk by the Germans in 1916.

Apparently there is some interest in possibly recovering some of the cargo.

http://www.ssmounttemple.com/


19 posted on 07/13/2012 6:00:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

The Kaiser, bless him, was always against dinosaur bone smuggling. Let us hope that your great-grandfather has seen the error of his ways.


20 posted on 07/13/2012 6:11:57 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: al baby

Great, now I’m hungry.


21 posted on 07/13/2012 6:14:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cripplecreek

:’D


22 posted on 07/13/2012 6:15:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: umgud

And not *just* the first one...


23 posted on 07/13/2012 6:17:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Kenny Bunk

During prohibition he took up a different kind of smuggling working as a diver for the Purple gang in Detroit. They smuggled alcohol on the hulls of boats crossing the Detroit river.


24 posted on 07/13/2012 6:18:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SunkenCiv; a fool in paradise

Relative of a man? What man? Names, please!


25 posted on 07/13/2012 6:19:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: cripplecreek

They don’t make great-grandfathers like that anymore. And thanks for answering the question. I was secretly hopping that he had not changed his ways.


26 posted on 07/13/2012 6:23:31 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Kenny Bunk

He and my great grandmother used to go drinking and dancing into their 80s.


27 posted on 07/13/2012 6:28:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kenny Bunk
I was secretly hopping

Like that?


28 posted on 07/13/2012 6:30:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Is that James Whitmore?


29 posted on 07/13/2012 7:06:08 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: al baby

Spencer Tracy (not the one hopping!)


30 posted on 07/13/2012 7:10:30 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Tanks i should have known


31 posted on 07/13/2012 7:15:16 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: SunkenCiv

yep, some pieces of the puzzle found in ‘09 in Johannesburg ..... so they say....


32 posted on 07/13/2012 7:50:17 PM PDT by nevermorelenore
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To: SunkenCiv

“Most complete skeleton of ancient relative of man found”

Somehow, this story seems linked with “old mail day” in Hooterville.


33 posted on 07/13/2012 7:56:48 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: nevermorelenore

No, “they” don’t.


34 posted on 07/13/2012 8:14:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: al baby

Those mushrooms went straight to her ass.


35 posted on 07/13/2012 8:21:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s interesting. What year did your great grandfather sail?


36 posted on 07/13/2012 10:26:07 PM PDT by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: Revolting cat!
You in a heap'o'trouble if I ever learn how to HTML that kinds stuff.

LOL. & don't be a-tellin' my English treacher.

37 posted on 07/13/2012 11:29:09 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Revolting cat!; cripplecreek

Enough fooling around. Obama and ACORN want that South African Ancestor registered immediately. Get her an EBT card and a hoodie, while you’re at it.


38 posted on 07/13/2012 11:32:55 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Upon seeing the pic, Helen Thomas immediately identified it as her ex-husband.


39 posted on 07/13/2012 11:36:46 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Melian

He arrived in Detroit in 1912.


40 posted on 07/14/2012 2:39:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SunkenCiv
Photobucket
41 posted on 07/14/2012 6:15:50 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Revolting cat!

I want my ancestor’s skelton.


42 posted on 07/14/2012 10:39:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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