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South African fossils could be 'new human ancestor'

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The remarkable remains of two ancient human-like creatures (hominids) have been found in South Africa.

The fossils of a female adult and a juvenile male - perhaps mother and son - are just under two million years old.

The team behind the discovery reports in the journal Science that the new species should be assigned the name Australopithecus sediba.

Here, Professor Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand talks to the BBC's Karen Allen about the find.

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