I heard this in the AM news on PBS and am looking forward to the literature.
If this is all factual and the ages confirmed, it will give the human evolution story a nice boost in that we seem to fit in the same ranks as any other animal . With this little group of "advanced and primitive" features , it can be seen that our evolution was NOT a strait line development. Many fossils are being found in recent years that show that we belong to the same "bush" with all sorts of "trial branches" and successful and unsuccessful species and subspecies.
The neat thing about this find through the Witwatersrand Ubiversity , this is the same university where Raymond Dart, finder of the "Taung Baby" was the head of the paleo/ human archeo departments. The Taung Baby(an Australopithecene) is still a subject of some controversy and speculation as to its actual age and its structure. These fossils give a good understanding about our development in that brains came "After" upright walking and human-like hands.
Most paleontologists specializing in human evolution have
kept their mouths shut until something like this was found.Im sure that these finds will result in some "reshuffling" of our own cladistics.
Im gonna read some more before getting all involved in discussion. I think we should invoke the "5day" rule to make sure that all the reports are even accurate.