9 Sep 2011

Earlier human evolution now suggested

10:27 am on 9 September 2011

A new study suggests humans may have evolved in a different place and earlier than previously thought.

Researchers examining the remains of 1.9 million year old chimpanzee-like creatures discovered in South Africa in 2008, say the creatures had dextrous human-like fingers and feet suitable for walking upright.

The study is controversial, as some scientists insist the first tool-making humans were the 1.75 million-year-old species Homo habilis, found in Tanzania.