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Millennium Ancestor Gets Its Walking Papers

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Science  21 Mar 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5870, pp. 1599-1601
DOI: 10.1126/science.319.5870.1599

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An analysis on page 1662 of this week's issue of Science concludes that 6-million-year-old Orrorin tugenensis was indeed an early ancestor of humans. But it challenges a controversial proposal that Orrorin gave rise to our genus, Homo, directly.