The Washington Post reports the latest fossil hominid discovered in Africa:
Fossil hunters have unearthed the fossil skeleton of a baby who died 3.3 million years ago, marking the first time scientists have discovered the nearly complete remains of a child of an ancient human ancestor.
The child, a girl who was about 3-years-old when she perished in what may have been a flash flood, provides an unprecedented window into human evolution, in part because she belongs to the same species as “Lucy,” one of the most famous hominid specimens in paleontology, experts said.
Here’s another interesting item:
Although scientists are still painstakingly extracting the fossilized bones from stone, they have already begun making striking discoveries, including a tiny throat structure that suggests that if the foot-and-a-half tall toddler cried out for its mother, her wails probably sounded more like a chimp than a human baby.
“If you imagine how this child would have sounded if it was crying out for its mother, its cry would appeal more to chimp ears than to human ears,” said Fred Spoor of University College in London, who is helping studying the remains. “Even though it’s a very early human ancestor, she would sound more ape-like than human-like.”
Watch for the young-Earthers to sieze on this as evidence that Lucy was “just an ape.” Also watch for them to dismiss out of hand the next paragraph:
The remains also confirm how much of a hybrid these creatures were between humans and apes. While they had legs like humans that enabled them to walk upright on two feet, they had shoulders like gorillas that may have also enabled them to climb trees; while their teeth seem to have grown quickly, like chimps’ teeth, their brains may have matured more slowly, like humans.
That paragraph is obviously the product of the reporter’s anti-Christian bias.