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For years the evolution of human beings has been researched and studied In todays society there are many different interpretations on creation and how humans came to be what they are today Through much scientific evidence and studies there is now physical proof that human beings may have evolved from ape-like creatures Even with this there are still disputes in the paleoanthropological field of whether or not this is true Still many choose to believe their religious creation stories where a God created humans Whether it is Johansons idea on human evolution or Leakeys or even the Roman Catholics creation story all are an individual own interpretation and neither wrong nor rightA paleanthropologist by the name of Donald Johanson is one of the many who have a very different view on the origin of humans In 1974 he discovered forty percent of an individual dating back to 35 million years ago The individual Australopithecus afarensis or Lucy is believed to be the common ancestor of the true Homo and Australopithecus lines A year later in 1975 Johanson found the remains of thirteen individuals who may have possibly died in a flood They were named the First Family and were dated to be between 3 and 4 million years old They were also Australopithecus afarensis Announcing his conclusions in 1979 Johanson believed that Australopithecus afarensis was the root to both the australopithecines and Homo lines He concluded that afarensis evolved into three different directions One was Australopithecus africanus and the other Australopithecus robustus and boisei Both became extinct The last direction it took was Homo habilis million years ago who became Homo erectus 17 million years ago and then Homo sapiens 300000 Ultimately his theory makes reasonable sense and may in fact be trueHowever Richard Leakey did not seem to think so In 1961 Jonathan Leakey Richard Leakeys brother had uncovered a fragmented skull that was from the line of Homo habilis and dated at 175
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