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What is Australopithecus?

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What is Australopithecus?

Prehistoric Humans

Human beings, at least Homo sapiens, have only been around on this planet of ours for about 200,000 years. Before this time, there were many human-like organisms.

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Australopithecus is a genus of prehistoric humans who were one of the first to walk on their feet. They were thought to be around 4 million years ago. Although these prehistoric humans were not similar to the humans we see today, the generally had similar structures close to a human.

There are many different species that are classified under this genus. Most of them are primates that have human-like characteristics. Also, they are often categorized as robust or small in stature. The most widely known Australopithecus skeleton is ''Lucy''


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Understanding the Field of Anthropology

from Anthropology 101: General Anthropology

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