The online companion site to Scientific American is running commentaries by a few paleoanthropologists on the importance of the new DIK-1-1 skeleton. It's an experiment in online publishing, and it has turned out some very good material, including commentaries by Owen Lovejoy, Ralph Holloway, Diana Roman, and, well, me.
These other commentators and the press of the last week are hard to follow, but actually my second thought about the skeleton has turned out to be fairly original:
The new Dikika skeleton has me wondering one thing: did Selam sink Kenyanthropus?
If you can guess the connection, you've been reading entirely too much about early hominids!
Congratulations to Kate Wong on a really innovative idea -- they have an opportunity for other folks to contribute as well, so dive in!