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Smithsonian Evolution Storytelling
New high-resolution CT scans of the Taung Child skull by international research team led by Ralph L. Holloway of Columbia University in New York casts renewed questions into the inane evolution storytelling practice at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Discovered in 1924 in South Africa, models of the skull have long since been duplicated for natural history museums as evidence for human evolution worldwide, including the Smithsonian. Found near Taung, South Africa, the lynchpin skull was tagged with the common name of Taung Child because of the fossil’s estimated age of 3 years, then, later named Australopithecus africanus meaning the “southern ape from Africa.” Hollow’s new high-resolution CT scan images, however, undermine the long-held pre-Homo fossil status of the skull. Continue Reading