Great news – we’re not related to Jimmy Carter after all

No relation

No relation

The Wall Street Journal reports today that this country’s worst ex-president (and worst President, in my opinion) is not related to the rest of us and in fact is kin only to his friend Hugo Chavez and certain Hollywood stars.

After 15 years of rumors, researchers in the U.S. and Ethiopia made public fossils from a 4.4-million-year-old human forebearer they say reveal that our earliest ancestors were more modern than scholars assumed and deepens the evolutionary gulf separating humankind from today’s apes and chimpanzees.

The highlight of the extensive fossil trove is a female skeleton a million years older than the iconic bones of Lucy, the primitive female figure that has long symbolized humankind’s beginnings.

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