Ancient Toddlers Could Climb Trees

Posted: Jul 5 2018, 1:57pm CDT | by , Updated: Jul 5 2018, 2:00pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Ancient Toddlers Could Climb Trees
This is the 3.32 million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis foot from Dikika, Ethiopia, superimposed over a footprint from a human toddler. Image Credit: Jeremy DeSilva

3.32 Million-Year-Old Fossil Reveals That Ancient Humans had Toddlers who Could Walk Upright and Climb up Trees

Millions of years ago, ancient humans had toddlers who not only walked in a bipedal manner but could climb trees. This may be too hard to believe by us modern human beings yet it is true. The latest scientific evidence ratifies it.

This research has shed a lot of light on how three and a half-year-old toddlers lived 3 million years ago in the past. Fossils of these ancient humans showed such a feet structure of the young ones that it seems they scaled trees.

The fossil of the toddler’s foot was the most intact piece of bone that has ever been unearthed from our distant past. In the capacity of a small foot of an ancient female, it is merely the size of a human thumb and forms a part of an originally larger whole.

The hominin whose fossil remains were discovered happened to be an Australopithecus afarensis. It was found in 2002 and paleontologists had examined it before.

This discovery adds to the treasure house of knowledge regarding ancient humans. Not only were our past ancestors good at walking upright but their younger members could climb up trees.

The fact that this foot sample of a female Australopithecus afarensis was very well-preserved was a boon for paleontology. It enabled the scientists to reconstruct the lifestyle of these distant ancestors of ours.

Had they not been able to walk with ease, they may have been wiped out by dangerous animals on the African savannah. That the little female juvenile that existed 3 million years ago was spending time in the trees shows that she was partially in need of her mother’s protection.

Without so many amenities in those primitive times, many early humans especially weak toddlers had to climb trees and stay put so that predators remained away from them.

This new study got published in the journal Science Advances.

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