Science: The First Fireman

A million years ago (more or less), a race of pygmies lived on the treeless savannas of what is now the central Transvaal. These little people had apelike faces, stood possibly four feet high and weighed up to 100 Ibs. When they died, a few happened to leave their bones in lime-bearing rock where they would be preserved for eons.

Modern man, always looking for the elusive "missing link" (more properly, a common ancestor of apes and men), has been digging up these fossils for a quarter of a century. With each new...

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