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Two skeletons of a new hominid species were discovered near a cave in South Africa by a nine-year-old boy and his father, a paleontologist (someone who studies the history of life on Earth). Hominids are the family of animals that includes chimpanzees, gorillas, humans and orangutans. This hominid appears to have lived almost two million years ago. It is thought that the hominids may have died from falling into or getting stuck in a cave.

By MAYA DAVIS, age 13, from Queens, NY