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Human Ancestor Caught in the Midst of a Makeover

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Science  23 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5977, pp. 413
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5977.413

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Last week, the famed human ancestor Homo erectus got a new look at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Several talks and posters reported how new discoveries and analytical methods are altering views of this species, from the way it looked to how it grew up and gave birth. By the time researchers were done, some early members of H. erectus had morphed from tall, slender-hipped individuals that looked a lot like us into shorter, broader hominins.