Human ancestor fossils in South African cave may be a million years older than previously thought

By Evrim Yazgin
Updated July 8 2022 - 3:54am, first published 2:35am
Four different Australopithecus crania that were found in the Sterkfontein caves, South Africa. Picture: Jason Heaton and Ronald Clarke, in cooperation with the Ditsong Museum of Natural History.

In the early 20th century, our perception of ourselves received a massive shake-up when we looked eye-to-eye with the ancient hominins who marked the evolutionary separation between modern humans and the great apes like gorillas and chimps.

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