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How Australopithecus provided insight into human evolution

In 1925, a Nature paper reported an African fossil of a previously unknown genus called Australopithecus. This finding revolutionized ideas about early human evolution after human ancestors and apes split on the evolutionary tree.
Dean Falk is in the Department of Anthropology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32310, USA, and is also at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Nature 575, 41-42 (2019)

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-02839-3

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