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Australopithecus afarensis, artwork

Australopithecus afarensis. Artwork of a female Australopithecus afarensis hominid with her child. This hominid lived between 3.9 and 2.9 million years ago. Fossil specimens have only be found in eastern Africa. It is thought that A. afarensis may have given rise to several lineages of early human. Compared to the modern human skull A. afarensis had a forward protruding (prognathic) face and held a smaller brain

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Ancestor Anthropological Anthropology Australopithecus Afarensis Baby Bipedal Carrying Child Early Evolutionary Biology Facial Features Fossil Man Holding Hominid Hominids Human Evolution Infant Mother Pre Historic Pre History Protruding Relative Young Palaeontology


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This artwork depicts a female Australopithecus afarensis, an early hominid species that roamed the Earth between 3.9 and 2.9 million years ago. The artist beautifully portrays this ancient ancestor holding her child, offering us a glimpse into their prehistoric world. Australopithecus afarensis remains have only been discovered in eastern Africa, suggesting that this species was confined to that region during its existence. Scientists believe that A. afarensis may have played a crucial role in the evolution of several lineages of early humans. Compared to modern humans, A. afarensis had distinct facial features with a forward protruding (prognathic) face and possessed a smaller brain size. This artwork skillfully captures these unique characteristics while showcasing the tender bond between mother and child. The image transports us back in time, allowing us to witness an intimate moment from our distant past. It serves as a reminder of our shared biological heritage and highlights the remarkable journey of human evolution. Created by Science Photo Library, this illustration combines artistry with scientific accuracy to bring forth an engaging representation of our ancient ancestors' lives during the Pliocene epoch. It is not just another commercial print; it is an educational piece shedding light on our evolutionary origins for all those fascinated by anthropology, paleontology, biology, and human history alike.

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