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A New Ancestor for Homo?

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Science  29 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6029, pp. 534
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6029.534-a

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South African researchers announced in talks at the Paleoanthropology Society and American Association of Physical Anthropologists meetings that they had found bones and teeth from at least four individuals of a new species of early human, Australopithecus sediba. The discoverers say this species shows some surprisingly modern traits and may even be an ancestor of our own genus. But other paleoanthropologists are waiting for more detailed analyses of the unpublished fossils before they agree on its identity or place in the human family tree.