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STS 14

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STS 14
Exhibit Item
Site: Sterkfontein, Republic of South Africa
Year of Discovery: 1947
Discovered by: Robert Broom and John T. Robinson
Age: About 2.5 million years old

Curved spine

This partial skeleton consists of several thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, a pelvis, a sacrum, and pieces of a rib and a femur. The vertebrate show this species walked upright in a way very similar to modern humans. The uniquely human curve of your lower back absorbs shock when you walk. This early human's spine had the same curve.

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