STS 14

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For the Space Shuttle mission, see STS-51-A.

STS 14 is a fossilized pelvis, vertebral column and fragmentary rib and femur of the species Australopithecus africanus. It was discovered at Sterkfontein, South Africa by Robert Broom in August 1947.

It is estimated to be 2.6-2.8 million years old.

Its characteristics are a distinctly human-like shape of pelvic blades, unlike any other animal. The shape indicates a type of bipedalism. This find was the first ever to demonstrate, without a doubt, pre-Homo bipedality.

Some scientists have proposed that STS 14 may have come from the same individual as STS 5 (considered, however, to be 2.15 million years old).[1]

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