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What did the oldest ancestor of man look like?

It would probably be very interesting to chat withsome of our ancient ancestors who lived thousands of years ago. In order to at least somehow imagine such a scenario, scientists tried to reconstruct the face of our ancient ancestor. So, based on the found jaws, teeth and pieces of leg bones, paleontologists recreated the face of a hominin, who lived several million years ago.

Most likely, this is what our oldest ancestor looked like

What did the first people look like?

The remains of a mysterious creature were found inEthiopia in 2016 and most likely belong to a male creature of the species Australopithecus anamensis, which is considered the oldest human ancestor. Researchers were able to determine what kind of skull belonged by comparing it with previously discovered teeth, jaws and other fragments of the body of the found creature. The discovered remains of the skull were a strange combination of primitive and advanced features, which during the reconstruction revealed the presence of rough brown skin, a large flat nose, and prominent eyebrows and cheekbones. According to the reconstruction, A. anamensis could inhabit our planet about 4 million years ago.

A. anamensis - still a monkey or already a person?

Where did the man come from?

Finding body parts A. anamensis fills an important gap in the history of human origin. A. anamensis is considered the oldest known species of the genus Australopithecus, which are considered the earliest members of the evolutionary tree of man. It has long been accepted that A. anamensis directly evolved into another subspecies called A. afarensis. The most famous representative of A. afarensis was Lucy - a female Australopithecus found during the French-American expedition to Ethiopia.

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Lucy - Australopithecus, which may be the ancestor of man

Lucy's body fragments are preserved by 40%, which itselfin itself is considered a rarity in anthropology. Despite the extremely low growth and weight indicators, as well as the small brain size, Lucy's pelvic bone was fully consistent with the human one, which indicates her upright posture.

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