Rock containing ‘most complete early human skull ever’ discovered

For two million years the rock lay  undisturbed, containing a hidden secret and perhaps one of the most important  archeological finds ever.

For another few years, the rock lay  undisturbed in a laboratory, until a technician noticed a tooth sticking out of  the back.

Opening it up, the South African scientists  discovered what they call the most complete skeleton yet of an ancient relative  of man, hidden in the rock which was first excavated from an archaeological site  three years ago.

University of Witwatersrand palaeontologist  Lee Berger said the remains of the juvenile hominid skeleton, of the  ‘Australopithecus sediba’ species, constitute the ‘most complete early human  ancestor skeleton ever discovered.’

The remains are thought to be around two  million years  old, and add a few years for the time that the three-foot-wide  rock lay unnoticed  in the laboratory.

The technician, Justin Mukanka, said: ‘I was  lifting the block up, I just realized that there is a tooth.’

It was then scanned to reveal significant  parts of an A. sediba skeleton, dubbed Karabo, whose other other parts were  first discovered in 2009.


Read more: Daily Mail

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