New Fossil May Show How Apes Became Humans

Two years ago Berger took Matthew out to the site along with a graduate student and their dog. Like all curious little boys Matthew ran off to explore, and after traveling about 15 minutes outside of the site Matthew ran back and yelling, "Dad, I found a fossil!"

"I thought it would be an antelope fossil, but as I walked over toward him he had a homicle clavicle, very rare to be found," Berger said. "So he did indeed make the first discovery."

Matthew won't be the only child involved in the process. The South African government and the university will be holding a country-wide competition to let the country's children name the juvenile fossil, as a way of "engaging the children of Africa" into participating in a monumental discovery found right in their own country.

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