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Tooth protruding from rock leads researchers to hominin remains

A CT scan performed on a lump of rock at the University of Witwatersrand has revealed that it contains parts of an early hominin.

Last month a prehistoric tooth protruding from a boulder tipped off researchers to hidden evolutionary treasure: remarkably complete human-ancestor fossils trapped in a rock that had been sitting in their lab for years.

Scans later showed that the rock contains two-million-year-old fossils that will “almost certainly” make one Australopithecus sediba specimen “the most complete early human ancestor skeleton ever discovered,” anthropologist Lee Berger said in a statement Thursday.

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Story: Ker Than, National Geographic News | Photo: AFP

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