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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2021 10:16 p.m. PST

…Relative Who Swung Through Trees

"The fossilized shoulder joint of an early hominin named "Little Foot" suggests the upright-walking species was also proficient at swinging through trees, at a skill long gone among modern humans.

Some 3.7 million years ago in what is now South Africa, a human relative straddled two evolutionary moments: our propensity for spending time in trees and our emerging preference for walking on the ground. That specimen, called StW 573 or Little Foot, was an Australopithecus prometheus. The fossil was finally fully excavated in 2018, over 20 years after its discovery, when paleontologists finished extricating the fossil from the breccia it was encased in. Immediately, Little Foot offered a remarkable glimpse into human origins.

Research describing the shoulder joint's morphology was published this week in the Journal of Human Evolution. The research team inspected Little Foot's pectoral girdle: literally, the specimen's shoulder blade and collar bone. By comparing the girdle's formation to that in other human relatives, including some of the great apes, the team sussed out how Little Foot and others in its species got around…"

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Jun 2021 11:13 p.m. PST

…at a skill long gone among modern humans…

Is Edgar Rice Burroughs no longer regarded as a reputable source? frown

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2021 6:25 a.m. PST

Clearly they have never met my relatives from out West

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2021 3:57 p.m. PST



Zephyr123 Jun 2021 9:00 p.m. PST

Those long arms also made them great basketball players… ;-)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2021 3:45 p.m. PST



Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2022 10:24 p.m. PST

Neolithic skeleton has world's oldest amputation



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