Fossil Shows Man Walked Tall 3 million Years Ago
So after many years of deliberation and much thought between the ages, scientists have finally stumbled upon the exact moment in time in which man started to walk upright like the people of society today.
This discovery comes from the foot bone of a close relative of humans who was actually able to structurally walk upright on their own two legs. The real fascination with this comes from the fact that this humanoid foot bone is over 3.2 million years old.
With so many years of agitation over when exactly man started to walk upright, this discovery has definitely put some doubts to rest and helped to concentrate on the main focus.
Like the major discovery of “Lucy” of 1974 in Egypt, this foot bone also comes from an individual known as Australopithecus afarensis. While there was some question as to whether or not Lucy walked up right, this new discovery has laid to rest the concerns. Because of the showing of an “arched foot”, it is taken as irrefutable proof that these early hominids did in fact, have the capability to walk upright. The arched foot symbolizes a structure that is made for walking extended distances for long periods of time.
The discovery of Lucy and this new foot bone discovery have given us much of the information that we needed and has also awakened new question as well. If we have learned this much about early man just by looking at a foot bone, just imagine what else we could learn by studying the entire skeletal structure of early man as well.
While this new fossil discovery has taken care to answer the question of when early man started to walk upright, it still leaves us with a fascination that will never end. We will always strive to find more and more information about these early hominids and how they lived whether it was in the trees or walking on the earth.