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The Age of Little Foot

More precise dating of the hominin fossil shakes up the family tree.

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Entombed for millions of years deep within South Africa’s Sterkfontein Cave, one of the most complete early hominin fossils ever discovered is reshuffling our family tree. Nicknamed Little Foot for its modest size, the skeleton was estimated to be 2.2 million to 3 million years old. More accurate dating of the sediment in which the fossil was found, however, establishes that it’s 3.67 million years old. Until now, Little Foot was considered a more recent species than Lucy, the famo...
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