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Little Foot Skeleton Unveiled; Oldest, Most Complete Found

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017 01:40 PM

The “Little Foot” skeleton, unearthed 20 years ago and the world’s oldest most complete skeleton, has finally been unveiled in South Africa.

For the last 20 years scientists have worked to excavate, clean and piece together the remains that could date back 3.67 million years, BBC News reported.

Now the world can marvel at Little Foot, thought to belong to a relatively young woman who fell down a shaft of one of the Sterkfontein caves near Johannesburg.

According to CNN, Little Foot belongs to the Australopithecus Prometheus species, and her discovery further validates the theory that humankind’s ancestors were made up of a diverse range of species.

"This is one of the most remarkable fossil discoveries made in the history of human origins research and it is a privilege to unveil a finding of this importance," said scientist Ron Clarke, who has been spearheading the project, per CNN.

Researchers estimate Little Foot to have been around 30-years-old when she died and stood about 4.9 feet tall, Clarke told the Mail and Guardian.

He explained that the name Little Foot was coined by Wits Paleontology professor Phillip Tobias who, upon seeing the size of skeleton’s foot bones, said they should refer to her as Little Foot.

“It was a joke about Big Foot, the North American Sasquatch,” he said.

Speaking at the unveiling of the remains, Clarke said, per the Mail and Guardian, “This is of course the culminating find of my career, in terms of the greatness of the specimen. But who knows, we may find even more complete skeletons in this cave.”

A series of scientific papers will be released documenting the results of the decades of studies performed on the skeleton, CNN noted.

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