A hyper realistic reconstruction of an Australopithecus africanus based on cast of the skull Sterkfontein, South Africa. For Elisabeth Daynès, sculpting ancient humans and their ancestors is both an art and a science
“Lucy’s Baby” a Born Climber, Hinting Human Ancestors Lingered in Trees - Australopithecus afarensis’ shoulders pointed upward, new fossil study suggests. (images: T - Dave Einsel/Getty; B - Zeray Alemseged / Dikika Research Project)
An early relative of humans chewed on bark and leaves, according to fossil evidence. Analysis of food trapped in the teeth of the two-million-year-old "southern ape" suggests it existed on a unique diet of forest fruits and other woodland plants.