At almost 2 million years old, a human-like species from caves at Malapa in South Africa may be the ancestor to the first humans, and may shift the likely location of early human origins from East Africa to South Africa, scientists report in the journal Science.

Two fossil skeletons belonging to a new species Australopithecus sediba were first unveiled in April 2010 by Professor Lee Berger of the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and his colleagues.

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