It’s been in the paper and the details are being presented in different articles but I’m very confused about the whole idea of a 6 million year old (male?) tossing Lucy out of our ancestry.
PALEOANTHROPOLOGY: Scientists Spar Over Claims of Earliest
The site requires registration but here’s the abstract:
“PARIS–In two papers scheduled for publication in the 28
February issue of the Comptes Rendus de l’Académie des
Sciences, researchers claim that a set of
6-million-year-old bones unearthed in Kenya last year
represents our earliest known ancestor. Not only would the
find predate other leading candidates by some 2 million
years; the authors also believe that all
australopithecines–hominids which include the famous
skeleton Lucy, whose species is thought to be one of our
direct ancestors–should be relegated to a side branch in
favor of their specimen.”
Has anyone been following this?