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South Africa’s ‘Little Foot’ goes on exhibit

After 20 years of preparation by discoverer Ron Clarke, a remarkably complete hominid skeleton dubbed Little Foot has been separated from the rock encasing it and put on display in South Africa, CNN reports. The bones, identified as belonging to the genus Australopithecus, include a skull, limb and hand bones, as well as the pelvis, vertebrae, ribs, and foot. Researchers have debated the age of the fossils, which Clarke puts at 3.67 million years old. The announcement does not include any new analysis of the fossils, but Clarke, of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, said in a press release that scientific papers on the skeleton, which he began excavating in 1997, would be out next year.

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