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October 27 2012

Early humans 'still climbed trees 3m years ago'


Fossilised shoulder bones from a forerunner of humans known as Australopithecus afarensis, the species of the famous "Lucy" skeleton, suggest that their bodies were shaped by a life spent clinging on to branches with their hands.

From the shape of the species' feet it has long been clear that they could walk on two legs, but experts have been unable to prove whether, like their contemporary apelike species, they also spent part of their lives in trees.

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