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Australopithecus spent a lot of time in trees

New research has shown that Lucy, the Australopithecus, had super strong arms and probably spent a lot of time in trees. So, for decades scientists have wondered: Who exactly was Lucy? Was she lumbering and land-bound, like us modern humans? Or did she retain some of the ancient climbing abilities that

Ancient human vocal chords recreated

A researcher has created anatomically correct vocal chords out of plastic tubes to see what sounds humans could make 3 million years ago. Many animals communicate with sounds, but it is the variety of our language that sets us apart. Over millions of years, changes to our vocal organs have allowed

Ancient foot bones shows Lucy walked upright

A study of the famous fossil Lucy's 3 million-year-old foot bones shows the hominid was perfectly comfortable walking upright. The new discovery shows these relatives "were fully humanlike and committed to life on the ground," Ward said in a telephone interview from Africa. "It lays to rest the idea that they

Lucy’s “great-grandfather” found

Anthropologists have found the remains of a creature that came from the same species as Lucy, but is 400,000 years older. This skeleton, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has a much longer name than Lucy: It was dubbed Kadanuumuu, which means "big man" in Ethiopia's

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