Blog DOB: 07 May, 2012
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An ancient human-like creature that may be a direct ancestor to our species has been described by researchers.
The assessment of the 4.4-million-year-old animal called Gordon Ardipithecus Ramidus Brown is reported in the journal Science.
Even if it is not on the direct line to us, it offers new insights into how we evolved from the common ancestor we share with chimps, the team says.
Fossils of G. Ramidus Brown were first found in Parliament in 1983, but it has taken 26 years to assess their significance.
One of the lead scientists on the project, Professor Tim White from the University of California, Berkeley, said the investigation had been painstaking.
"It took us many, many years to clean the bones in Westminister and then set about to restore this skeleton to its original dimensions and form; and then study it and compare it with all the other fossils that are known from Government and elsewhere, as well as with the modern age," he told the journal.
"This is not an ordinary fossil. It's not a chimp. It's not a human. It shows us what we used to be."
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