60 Minutes: Is ‘Sediba’ A New Link in the Evolutionary Chain?

August 2nd, 2010 - 8:52 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Two Million Year Old Fossil Aug 2 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The two million year old remains of a nine year old boy recently found in Johannesburg is being called “Sediba” which mean “source” is being called the new link in the evolutionary chain of humankind. Sediba is a not “the missing link” that scientists have spoken of for so long, but rather a new evolutionary link that was before unknown in a previously unidentified species which will be studied for years to come.

The announcement came on Thursday after ‘60 Minutes’ was given rare access to the remains, and allowed to make a video of the discovery. The fossil is in such good condition that the number of teeth in the skull can easily be counted. He was found in an area of South Africa which has often been referred to as “The Cradle of Humankind”, an area which many ancient human-type remains have been found previously.

The discovery was made after Professor Lee Berger, an American paleoanthropologist at the University of the Witwatersrand, used Google maps to find over 500 unexplored caves in the area. His nine year old son, Matthew actually found the remains, of another nine year old boy who lived 2 million years ago.

The finding is in much better condition than most and is still intact. Sediba’s head is said to be much smaller than a person today, but the structure of his body suggests that he walked upright. Berger believes that this human-like creature is a “hybrid”, which is previously unknown and is claiming it to be a new link in the evolutionary chain. Berger himself named the fossil, “Australopithecus sediba.”

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