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This Day in History - February 24
February 24, 1961 - The Leakeys discover bones of an early ancestor

The Oldavi Gorge in what is now Tanzania(坦桑尼亚)had been a favorite digging site of Louis SB Leakey for more than 30 years, when the anthropologist(人类学家)made an historic find on February 24, 1961. It was the bones of an 11 year-old child, much older than those of his previous finds, the 600,000 year-old Nutcracker Man. A sharp skull (头骨)fracture(破裂)indicated that the child might have been a murder victim. With his son Richard, Leakey later discovered bones showing human separation from the apes(猿)19 million years ago and a human skeleton 1-1/2 million years old. Richard Leakey states, "There is a great deal to be learned about the species immediately preceding(在前的)our own. When we come to study this extraordinary array(陈列)of complete anatomical(解剖学的)remains that have now been found".

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