Our closest ape-like ancestor went back to the trees

desilvaNew Scientist
Jeremy DeSilva, College of Arts & Sciences

Our closest non-human ancestor lived in South Africa…

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“From a distance I’m not sure one would notice differences between sediba and human walking. But if you could get closer you might notice something. It wouldn’t heel-strike like a modern human does. It would take short, quick steps. And there would also be a tremendous amount of rotation and inward twisting of the foot, knee and hip.”

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