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A Human Smile and Funny Walk for Australopithecus sediba

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Science  12 Apr 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6129, pp. 132-133
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6129.132

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Six new papers this week in Science analyze two partial skeletons of Au. sediba, plus a shinbone of a third individual. They offer the most detailed picture yet of how this species moved and its relationship with other hominins, including our own ancestors. The remarkably complete skeletons reveal a strange creature with a small brain and primitive walk—but some surprisingly human teeth.