“60 Minutes” Showcases Two Million Year Old Fossil, A New Link To Human Evolution

August 2nd, 2010 - 7:51 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
Two Million Year Old FossilAug 2, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new series to be broadcast on “60 minutes” may change the human perception of the human evolutionary system. Often, the most frequently asked question by a child or rather everyone of us is where we come from and how long the human generation has inhabited this planet. If reports submitted by a recent study is to be believed, the human generation may have started almost two million years ago. This conclusion has been reached at after the remains of a nine year old boy were traced in South Africa and scientists investigating the case have reported that the remains go back around two million years ago.

Termed as the “Sediba” which means ’source’ in the English language, the nine year old’s remains may prove to be an important link in the study of the human evolution. The South African boy stands somewhere between an ape and a human, reported the scientists. The remains have become the chief subject of research for the anthropologists ever since it has been discovered and the special episode of “60 minutes” which focuses on the discovery of the two million old fossil is expected to arouse further interest on the topic among the common man.

Speaking in the special episode featuring the human evolutionary chain is correspondent Bob Simon, who explains that the time when the South African existed was a time when man had learned the art of climbing down trees and living on land. The study was first revealed at a special press conference held in the city of Johannesburg. The most surprising feature of the fossil, say the scientists, is the skull of the boy. The skull it seems is in such good condition that even the number of teeth inside the mouth can be counted.

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