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Almost Human

The Loom
By Carl Zimmer
Feb 20, 2008 5:51 AMMay 17, 2019 8:35 PM
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"I thought I would send you mine : Paranthropus (Australopithecus depending on your school of thought) boisei."--Gabrielle Russo, Hunter Colllege.

Carl: Paranthropus boisei existed from 2.3 million to 1 million years ago--a good run. It stood upright like us, but had a small brain and powerful jaws for biting tough food like seeds and roots. Paranthropus boisei is not our ancestor, not even a close cousin. Instead, it belonged to a separate branch of hominid evolution--one that may have been wiped out by a changing climate. Now it is remembered in museums and on at least one tattooed arm.

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