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BAR 1002'00

Image of BAR 1002'00, femur
BAR 1002'00
Exhibit Item
Site: Tugen Hills, Kenya
Year of Discovery: 2001
Discovered by: A team led by Brigitte Senut and Martin Pickford
Age: About 6 million years old

Beginning to walking upright on short legs

The upper part of this femur (thigh bone) is similar in size to those of other large apes. But the angled part more closely resembles that of modern humans. It formed a strong bridge with the hip to support the body’s weight, suggesting Orrorin tugenensis walked upright.

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