In the sky, with diamonds – and a friend

May 28, 2015

 

Team members crawl at the area where the paratype jaw (BRT-VP-3/14) was found, searching for more pieces of the specimen, in Ethiopia in this image released to Reuters on May 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Yohannes Haile-Selassie/Cleveland Museum of Natural History/Handout via Reuters

Team members crawl at the area where the paratype jaw (BRT-VP-3/14) was found, searching for more pieces of the specimen, in Ethiopia in this image released to Reuters on May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Yohannes Haile-Selassie/Cleveland Museum of Natural History/Handout via Reuters

Mankind’s origin story just got a bit more complicated.

Turns out the famed Australopithecus “Lucy,” long thought of as the earliest iteration of human, had a companion (I, for one, sincerely hope scientists name it “Sgt. Pepper”). Researchers have uncovered a set of fossils in Ethiopia that show a second species of early man existed concurrently with Lucy’s kind.

Make room in your family tree for a new ancestor. And read on for more news you might have missed:

 

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Gesamtkunstwerk

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Dog bites man

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Gallery: Presented without comment

Reuters photographers document some of the more… unusual… ways that loved ones send off the recently departed.

Victor Perez Cardona sits embalmed in his taxi, his final wish, as family and friends look on during his wake at the San Cristobal funeral parlor in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Victor Perez Cardona sits embalmed in his taxi, his final wish, as family and friends look on during his wake at the San Cristobal funeral parlor in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

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