Science: Diggers

The theory that man originated in Africa got a boost when a nearly complete lower jaw of Australopithecus prometheus was found at Makapansgat in the Transvaal this month. Anthropologists now have most of the skull parts (from different individuals) of a "proto-man" who probably lived one million years ago, along with saber-toothed tigers and giant hyenas. Professor Raymond A. Dart of Witwatersrand University gave Prometheus his name because some of his bones contained free carbon, which indicates that they had been burned, and hints at the use of fire.

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