Wednesday, March 09, 2005
BBCNews Monday, 7 March, 2005, 10:54 GMT
Scientists unearth early skeleton
US and Ethiopian scientists say they have discovered the fossilised remains of one of the earliest human ancestors.
The research team, working in the north-east of Ethiopia, believe the remains of the hominid, or primitive human, date back four million years.
They say initial study of the bones indicates the creature was bipedal - it walked around on two legs.
The fossils were found just 60km (40 miles) from the site where the famous hominid Lucy was discovered.
Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis), whose remains were unearthed in 1974, lived 3.2 million years ago and is thought to have given rise to the Homo line that ended in modern humans.
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