A 3.3-million-year-old skeleton of a young child curled into a ball no bigger than a cantaloupe – a unique fossil described as “a bright beam of light” on human evolution – was unveiled Wednesday by paleontologists working in the sun-baked badlands of Ethiopia.
The tiny bundle of bones may be the best fossil yet found of the primitive human ancestor Australopithecus afarensis. That is the same species as the superstar fossil dubbed Lucy, an adult female discovered nearby in 1974.
The skeleton, described in the British scientific journal Nature and National Geographic magazine, represents the first juvenile remains of these ancient humanlike creatures, making the fossil the oldest child by far ever found.
“This is something you find once in a lifetime,” said Zeresenay Alemseged, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, an Ethiopian paleoanthropologist who led the team that discovered it.
I don’t know about that “once in a lifetime” thing. These scientists obviously haven’t sampled the current dating pool. There some real live cavemen (and cavegirls) still walking amongst us.
*This doesn’t apply to all my exes.
**While you bullshittin’, this thing favors a fixer-upper guy I once dated. Note to the wise: don’t date fixer-uppers with the intentions of upgrading who they are. It never turns out well. There’s a reason they start out looking out like this. Either be willing to take the guy (or girl) as they are or leave it alone.