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Australopithecus africanus is a species of australopithecines that are believed to be man's earliest ancestors, but are which commonly viewed by creationists as being merely apes.
A. africanus was discovered by Raymond Dart while searching for a "missing link" in South Africa. The species was named after a small fossilized face and jawbone found in a cave in a Taung linestone quarry. Dart was convinced they had both human and apelike characteristics, and announced he had found his "missing link".
Although Dart's find received favorable press as the "Taung Child", it was dismissed by most scientists as a young ape. Although the "Taung Child" was initially dated as 2-3 million years old, the geologist T.C. Partridge reported in the journal Nature that the cave site could not be more than 870,000 years old. This date
- Australopithecus africanus by Wikipedia