4-MILLION-YEAR-OLD HAND DEBUNKS A POPULAR THEORY OF HUMAN EVOLUTION

Exposing the Big Game

New research reveals insight into the common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees.Getty ImagesTARA YARLAGADDA21 HOURS AGO

https://www.inverse.com/science/ardipithecus-ramidus-hand-fossil-study

TARZAN SWINGING FROM TREE TO TREEmight seem like a Hollywood attempt at imagining the life of primitive men, butnew findingssuggest ourancient ancestorsreally were swingers.

The study seemingly resolves a long-standing scientific debate over our ancestor’s ability forbrachiation— the ability to swing from tree limbs only using one’s arms. Before this ancestor experienced an evolutionary shift toward using hands for tools and legs for walking, they likely knuckle-walked on the ground and glided across canopies.https://8bd6507af59628a2d1728abcb566e967.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

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