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kissin' cousins

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Scientists in South Africa have announced the discovery of a hithero-unknown branch of the hominid tree that produced humanity. The fossils were found in a cave, and they’re some of the most complete ever recovered. The haul so far is 1,500 items, which may be from at least 15 different individuals.

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One cool/awesome aspect of the recovery mission not mentioned at the above link is the fact that the S-Af scientists couldn’t get into the cave; there were openings only 7 inches wide, and they were all too big. They put out the call on Facebook, looking for petite scientists who fancied some spelunking. They ended up with an all-woman team, all of whom were 5’ tall or less.

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