Scientists Offer a New View of Human Ancestors 3.7 Million Years Ago

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By Tobias Carroll For almost a million years, one of the ancestors of modern humans walked the earth in what is now eastern Africa. That would be Australopithecus afarensis — the human ancestors written about in the acclaimed book Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind. While it’s been decades since certain traces of the aforementioned ancestor were uncovered in (among other spaces) Laetoli, Tanzania, a new spin on old evidence suggests that they weren’t the only ancestor to modern humans occupying that space nearly 3.7 million years ago. As CNN recently reported, a discovery made in 1978 is at the…

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