Ancient Human Relatives Climbed Like Apes

According to a new study conducted on two-million-year-old vertebrae fossils, ancient human relatives were able to walk on the ground on two legs and use their upper limbs to climb and swing like apes.

December 16, 2021

According to a new study conducted on two-million-year-old vertebrae fossils, ancient human relatives were able to walk on the ground on two legs and use their upper limbs to climb and swing like apes. The team studied the lower backbones of an ancient hominid, Australo-pithecus sediba, which was found in 2015. The study revealed that like humans, sediba had only five lumbar vertebrae and possessed both human- and ape-like traits in its movements.

Did You Know?
Hominid refers to any member of the family Hominidae, consisting of all modern and extinct humans and great apes.

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