Modern paleoanthropology began with the quest for the "Missing Link", that elusive pre-human that bridges the gap between animal and human. Early assumptions of an Asian ancestor proposed two Indian fossils, followed by African discoveries. Today, new specimens from around the world has called into question even recent theories about the emergence of the first modern humans.
The stakes are high indeed, and the story of Man remains incomplete as new insights from molecular biology, genetics and biomechanics contribute to our understand of who we are.
1925 - Taung Child (South Africa)
1960 - Homo habilis (Tanzania)
1974 - Lucy (Ethiopia)
2003 - The Hobbits (Indonesia)
2015 - Naledi (South Africa)