A male skull belonging to the species Australopithecus anamensis, one of Lucy’s immediate relatives, the first known human specimen, was found. This skull gives information about the first hominins walking on two legs.
The paleontologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie is not sure how excited he was when he saw the almost perfectly concealed Australopithecus anamensis skull he found in his work in Ethiopia. Haile-Selassie (the same surname as Emperor Haile Selassie) and the skull discovered by a shepherd will help us learn more about one of the 3.8-million-year-old human ancestors known for evolution.
According to experts, this fossil can give important information about how the human species began to walk on two legs. Fred Spoor of the London Museum of Natural History says that the skull found is another important point in human evolution.
The skull was found in 2016 in the Afors region of Worsano-Mille, Ethiopia. It took 3.5 years to figure out which creature the skull belongs to:
The examinations revealed that the skull belonged to the male Australopithecus anamensis. This allowed us to see another step in the evolutionary tree before Lucy. Haile-Selassie stated that this creature was quite primitive and, although it had some developed sides, it was generally quite primitive. The flabby face cited the small brain volume as the reason for this view.
The skull also rekindled another controversy. Once the young species emerged, the belief that the old one had disappeared was once again discussed. Experts assume that the two species lived together for 100 thousand years, perhaps longer.
Here is the first human image created from that skull:
Researchers argue that this is an example that non-linear evolution can be seen in humans in other living things.
It is stated that being able to walk on two legs is beneficial in spreading more distances to human species and making more advanced tools and skills.