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Photos: Early human ancestor remains

Published 1:46 PM ET, Thu April 11, 2013
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A reconstructed skeleton of Australopithecus sediba, middle, is shown compared to a modern human female (left) and a male chimpanzee (right). Courtesy Lee R. Berger/University of the Witwatersrand
This is the reconstructed skull and lower jaw of Australopithecus sediba. Courtesy Lee R. Berger/University of the Witwatersrand
Views of the distal femur of the female Australopithecus sediba skeleton. Courtesy Science/AAAS
Researchers created this reconstruction of Australopithecus sediba based on remains from three individuals. Courtesy Lee R. Berger/University of the Witwatersrand
This is the lower jaw of an adult female Australopithecus sediba. It shows that this species differs substantially from other early human relatives in both size and shape of the jaw. Science/AAAS
This image shows elements of the upper limb of Australopithecus sediba. They suggest that individuals in this species had climbing abilities and could hang underneath branches. Science/AAAS