Ancient Creature Had Both Human, Apelike Traits

NEW YORK (April 11, 2013)--Scientists are gaining new insights into an extinct South African creature that had an intriguing mix of human and ape-like traits.

The creature evidently had a unique way of walking, but scientists still haven't pinned down where the pre-human fits on the human evolutionary family tree.

Australopithecus sediba lived some 2 million years ago, and it climbed through trees and also walked upright.

Its remains were discovered in 2008 when the 9-year-old son of one of the researchers happened to find a bone.

Scientists reported in 2011 that some of the creature's bones showed a combination of human and more ape-like traits.

Now six more papers published Thursday by the journal Science present more examples of that in the teeth, ribs and legs.


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