Thursday, March 29, 2012

Scientists find new insight into our ability to walk

Scientists have obtained a fascinating new insight into the evolution of humans and our ability to walk. It comes from the fossilized bones of a foot that were discovered in Ethiopia and dated to be 3.4 million years old.

The researchers say they do not have enough remains to identify the species of hominin, or human ancestor, from which the right foot came. But they tell Nature journal that just the shape of the bones shows the creature could walk upright at times.

The fossil haul consists of eight elements from the forefoot - bones such as metatarsals and phalanges. The specimens were pulled from clay sediments at Burtele in the central Afar region, about 520km north-east of the capital Addis Ababa.
Read more: BBC News

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