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Using advanced dating techniques, a team of researchers from Purdue University and colleagues from France, Canada and South Africa have discovered that the rare and nearly complete “Little Foot” Australopithecus skeleton is among the oldest hominid remains ever discovered.
Thirteen years of meticulous excavation by South African and French scientists has shown that the nearly complete fossil skeleton of Australopithecus, nicknamed Little Foot, is most likely around 3 million years old.
Our earliest ancestors preferred to settle in locations that have something in common with cities such as San Francisco, Naples and Istanbul â€“ they are often on active tectonic faults in areas that have an earthquake risk or volcanoes, or both.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A giant crater formed 2 billion years ago when a meteorite smashed into what is now South Africa has been added to the United Nations' list of protected heritage sites, South Africa said Thursday.
Climate change in Africa gave rise to modern humans. Now experts fear that global warming linked to carbon emissions will have its worst impact on humanity's cradle. "Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change," said Jennifer Morgan, director of the Global Climate Change Programme at conservation group WWF.
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