Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Missing link between man and apes found (New skeleton found)
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 04/03/10 | Richard Gray

Posted on 04/04/2010 1:26:05 PM PDT by jerry557

The new species of hominid, the evolutionary branch of primates that includes humans, is to be revealed when the two-million-year-old skeleton of a child is unveiled this week.

Scientists believe the almost-complete fossilised skeleton belonged to a previously-unknown type of early human ancestor that may have been a intermediate stage as ape-men evolved into the first species of advanced humans, Homo habilis.

Experts who have seen the skeleton say it shares characteristics with Homo habilis, whose emergence 2.5 million years ago is seen as a key stage in the evolution of our species.

The new discovery could help to rewrite the history of human evolution by filling in crucial gaps in the scientific knowledge.

Most fossilised hominid remains are little more than scattered fragments of bone, so the discovery of an almost-complete skeleton will allow scientists to answer key questions about what our early ancestors looked like and when they began walking upright on two legs.

--snip--

The fossil record of early humans is notoriously patchy and scientists now hope that the that the new remains will provide fresh clues about how our species evolved.

Scientists believe that a group of apelike hominids known as Australopithicus, which first emerged in Africa around 3.9 million years ago, gradually evolved into the first Homo species.

Over time the Australopithicus species lost their more apelike features as they started to stand upright and their brain capacity increased.

Around 2.5 million years ago Homo habilis, the first species to be described as distinctly human, began to appear, although only a handful of specimens have ever been found.

It is thought that the new fossil to be unveiled this week will be identified as a new species that fits somewhere between Australopithicus and Homo habilis.

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


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: australopithecus; evolution; godsgravesglyphs; humans; science; sediba; skeleton
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-58 next last

1 posted on 04/04/2010 1:26:05 PM PDT by jerry557
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: jerry557

The start of the Democrat party?


2 posted on 04/04/2010 1:27:35 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jerry557

Is this from Aril Fools Day?


3 posted on 04/04/2010 1:27:53 PM PDT by jessduntno ( If someone calls me racist, I reply "you are just saying that because I'm white!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JaguarXKE

“The start of the Democrat party?”

Darn you are quick!


4 posted on 04/04/2010 1:28:36 PM PDT by Cyman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: jerry557

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2486486/posts


5 posted on 04/04/2010 1:29:06 PM PDT by coffee260 (coffee)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jerry557

Does it have a birth certificate?


6 posted on 04/04/2010 1:29:14 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jerry557
Still more intelligent than your average democrat.


7 posted on 04/04/2010 1:31:11 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: garyhope

“Does it have a birth certificate?”

No. It it is “Husseinus Obamus” latin for Big Eared Mutant and does not require one to be a legitimaste primate of the unfortunate scientists (POTUS).


8 posted on 04/04/2010 1:32:24 PM PDT by jessduntno ( If someone calls me racist, I reply "you are just saying that because I'm white!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: jerry557

the long lost bloodline of the homo habilis has been found-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwL4tBdz0Fs


9 posted on 04/04/2010 1:34:55 PM PDT by chicken head
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jerry557

The paleontologists must be really busy, this is the fourth or fifth missing link that has been discovered in the last two days.


10 posted on 04/04/2010 1:35:36 PM PDT by centurion316
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jerry557

Balderdash.

Another Piltdown man? Another hoax in the making?

Everybody knows that the basis of “modern man” was the result of a cloning experiment by aliens, splicing together the DNA of chimpanzees with selected segments of swine DNA.

Which accounts for a lot, really.


11 posted on 04/04/2010 1:35:49 PM PDT by alloysteel (....the Kennedys can be regarded as dysfunctional. Even in death.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jerry557

Must resist...posting...picture....*bites hand*


12 posted on 04/04/2010 1:39:28 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JaguarXKE
That's an insult to monkeys and cavemen everywhere.


13 posted on 04/04/2010 1:40:26 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Where the hell can I get a court injunction to keep my own government out of my life?!?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Comment #14 Removed by Moderator

To: jerry557

I heRD THEY DISCOVERED A SKELETON IN SF CALLED HOMO PELOSIUS


15 posted on 04/04/2010 1:45:48 PM PDT by brooklyn dave (this is a NO-BAMA zone)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chicken head

OOOH THAT IS EVIL LOL


16 posted on 04/04/2010 1:47:02 PM PDT by brooklyn dave (this is a NO-BAMA zone)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: jerry557

It doesn’t matter when they find it, they like to unveil it right around Easter, or maybe Christmas.


17 posted on 04/04/2010 1:51:59 PM PDT by valkyry1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: brooklyn dave

I thought they determined that skeleton wasnt human at all??


18 posted on 04/04/2010 1:52:37 PM PDT by jerry557
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: jerry557

How many times has this piece of crap been printed here on FR?


19 posted on 04/04/2010 1:54:12 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: jerry557

they found it was a hominid called homo stupidus.


20 posted on 04/04/2010 1:55:07 PM PDT by brooklyn dave (this is a NO-BAMA zone)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-58 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson