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Matt Ridley is the author of provocative books on evolution, genetics and society. His books have sold over a million copies, been translated into thirty languages, and have won several awards.

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The long-legged ape

The new 1.9m year old hominin fossils from South Africa

Carl Zimmer puts the new mother-and-son fossils in their place

In other words, the fossils Berger discovered cannot be our direct ancestors. Instead, they may be very informative cousins. If Berger's right, then the evolution of Homo happened in a surprisingly piecemeal way. Our legs got long, for example, well before our arms got short.

As I predicted a few days ago, this is no missing link in even the most banal sense of that phrase, but it's a stunning find.