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The origin of chins

A new study suggests that our chins evolved as human faces shrank. We have one feature that primates, Neanderthals, archaic humans—any species, for that matter—don’t possess: a chin. “In some way, it seems trivial, but a reason why chins are so interesting is we’re the only ones who have them,” says Nathan

Ida is no longer a missing link

Remember Ida, the fossil that was supposed to change everything we know about human evolution? It's now been completely removed from the human family tree. Plenty of doubts were raised about this at the time, both about Ida's claim to a place on the human branch of the primate family tree,

Oldest ‘human’ skeleton found – eradicates ‘missing link’ theory

Yesterday, scientists announced the discovery of Ardipithecus ramidus, affectionately known as Ardi, a 4.4 million-year-old skeleton that is being hailed as the oldest 'human' ancestor. Older hominid fossils have been uncovered, including a skull from Chad at least six million years old and some more fragmentary, slightly younger remains from Kenya

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