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FAU Researcher Helps Dispel Long-Held Belief that Famous
Human Fossil Is Linked to Modern Human Brain Development

 

Famous Human Fossil Is Linked to Modern Human Brain Development By FAU Division Of Research

Boca Raton, Fla. – August 27, 2014 – Dr. Douglas Broadfield of FAU's Department of Anthropology along with researchers from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and Columbia University made the latest contribution to an ongoing debate over whether the famous Taung Child fossil may be one of the first representations of a fusing skull.

Utilizing the latest CT scan technology, they found that the three-million year old child's skull discovered in South Africa shows no evidence of the type of soft spot typically seen in human children with larger brains. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Click on the image to learn more.




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