24th February, 1961 : A new find of fossil bones in Tanganyika pushes the origins of human-like species back towards a million years ago. The bones, discovered by the British anthropologist Dr Louis Leakey in the Olduvai Gorge, have not been accurately dated yet, but according to Leakey they are much older than his previous find, the 600,000-year-old remains of “Nutcracker Man” with his powerful crushing molars.

The new find consists of a skull, a collarbone and parts of the hands and a foot of a child about 11 years old. The brain size is bigger and the teeth are smaller than in Nutcracker Man. A crack in the skull suggests that the child may have been murdered by a blow.

[ Even our prehistory starts with murder ]

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