By Katherine Herrick
Columbia Missourian 

Missouri professors helps study rare skeleton


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — After more than a decade of painstakingly scraping away bits and pieces of sandstone grain by grain with dental tools and picks, a 3.3 million-year-old face, apelike in its features but unmistakably human, has been revealed. The face, is that of a female toddler, brings new life to the study of evolution and understanding of humans and how we stand.

Zeresenay Alemseged, a paleoanthropologist and professor of organismal biology and anatomy at the University of Chicago, discovered the "Dikika Baby," also known as "Selam," in the rocky desert of Dikika, Ethiopia in 2000....

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