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Fossil Tangles Roots of Human Family Tree

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Science  23 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5512, pp. 2289-2291
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5512.2289

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The discovery of a 3.5-million-year-old hominid skull and other fossil remains in northern Kenya is shaking the human family tree at its very roots. The new find, reported in this week's issue of Nature, shows that this bushy tree started sprouting branches even earlier than researchers had realized. Experts say that the new hominid's characteristics have never before been found together in one skull.