Human Essay

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Where Did Humans Come From?

A lot of people over the years have been asking the question where did humans come from. And through the hard work of many people over the decades we have come very close to finding out our origins. Our ancestors are looking to be apes, all though it is quite controversial, it is most likely going to be the truth. The oldest fossil we have found is dated back 3,200,000 years ago, which is a very long ago. The finder of the fossil is Donald Hampson. When he and his team found it they didn’t really know what they had found, but they knew it was old. Until we had more modern technology we didn’t know how old the fossil was. The fossil was named Lucy, the reason she was so important is that she is the earliest human ancestor with a full skeleton, and she was the first to develop walking. She was about 3ft 6in, 70lbs, brain size is 400cc, and the she was a tree dweller. The next fossil that was found was estimated to be around 2.5 million years old. The finder of the fossil is Raymond Dart, and he found it in South Africa. The fossil is named Taung. The fossil is that of a child. This fossil is really important because it disproved the British fossil find, which just so happened to be fake and how they faked is they took a modern ape skull, shaved the teeth to look like human teeth, they made the bone look old. They found it was fake when a person was drilling in the bone and it started to smell like burning flesh and if a bone smells like that, then for one it is not fossilized therefore not very old, and two it showed that the people who believed it was the missing link were stupid for believing it. Taung was also important because, He showed early human brain development, and also that we were using tools before Homo Erectus. Taung at the time of his death was estimated to be around 3 years old. He was 3ft