the many archeological finds in the continent, scientists
now believe that humanity first originated in Africa. Among
the earliest forms of prehistoric primates is a creature called
Proconsul, which was found in a geological fault dating 25
million years. The question on many scientists' minds was
if this was from where man originated: the primate, Proconsul,
had a larger brain than any other proceeding primates.
of the first known clues to this question of where man originated
came from fossils found in the Afar depression in Ethiopia
in the early 1970's.
The star of this find was a skeleton, 40 percent complete,
widely known as "Lucy". So why was Lucy so important? Well,
she was considered by scientists to be man's earliest known
ancestor- she was estimated to be 3.2 million years old. And
the skeleton was complete enough to give scientists a good
idea on how Lucy may have looked 3.2 million years ago, and
possibly how she behaved.
first humans are generally called Homo habilis or "handy man".
The first fossil remains of this "handy man" were found scattered
among animal bones in Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania on May 1960.
Primitive tools found along with the fossils lead scientists
to believe these were tool makers, hense the term habilis.
These fossils at Olduvai Gorge date from 1.7 million years
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