Fossil casts of Australopithecus afarensis (left), Homo habilis (center), and Australopithecus sediba (right)

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Recent discoveries in paleontology

Andrew Du, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Zeray Alemseged (Donald N. Pritzker Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy) published a paper in Science Advances concluding that Australopithecus sediba is most likely not a direct ancestor of Homo.  Read more about this impactful discovery in At The Forefront, and in the popular press at Gizmodo, among other sources.