The Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage announced the discovery of a 3.6 million-year-old partial skeleton of ‘Lucy’s species (Australopithecus afarensis) in Afar State, north eastern Ethiopia. Public Relation and International Relation Director with the Authority, Wolde Darsema told ENA that the newly discovered human Skelton is older than that of Lucy by 400,000 years. Wolde Lucy was 3.2 million while this new discovery is 3.6 million years. The Director indicated that skeleton is nicknamed ‘Kadanuumuu’, an Afari word which means ‘Big Man’, which he said, reflects its large size. Kadanuumuu generates new information on the locomotion, shoulder girdle morphology, and shape of the rib cage in humans early ancestors, particularly in ‘Luc’ys’’ species, Australopithecus afarensis. This discovery and results from initial analysis were published in the June 20 Early Online Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, according to the Director. He said the fossil recovered from mudstone at the base of an exposure of upward coarsening clay stone, siltstone and sandstone, about one meter thick. “The skeleton has parts that 'Lucy'' does, but also others never previously known, including a nearly complete shoulder blade and a significant portion of the rib cage, “, he said. Source ( ENA)
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