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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Scientists Able to Predict Age of Oldest Human Ancestor

WASHINGTON - Scientists are finally able to predict the age of fossils of the oldest human moyeng grandmother, who was found at the end of last year in South Africa.

Scientists confirm that the age of the oldest direct ancestor is probably the 1.98 million years ago. This they announced after successfully examining fossils of early human, Australopithecus sediba namely, in South Africa, last year.
A series of studies conducted in the sedimentary rocks in Malapa Cave, South African, has managed to figure out the age of the fossil. Similarly, as quoted from the New Kerala, Saturday.

"Knowing their age is very important to put them in the human family tree, and he was also quite clear that Australopithecus is the best candidate we are the ancestors of the oldest human being," says Dr Robyn Pickering of the University of Melbourne's School of Earth Sciences, head of research.

"The results of this research may also bring valuable time information from all previous human ancestor fossils," he added.

The findings are published in a special edition of the international science journal Science.


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