Our Top Ten News Stories of 2002

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3. Skull Fossil Opens Window Into Early Period of Human Origins
For decades scientists have worked to connect the dots between dozens of fossil discoveries in East and southern Africa in hopes of constructing an accurate picture of human origins. Now, a new find in western Central Africa suggests the picture may be radically different than widely assumed. Full story and photo gallery. Go >>

2. Is a Large Asteroid Headed for Impact With Earth in 2880?
Scientists have identified a thousand-yard-wide (one-kilometer-wide) asteroid that may be heading for a collision with Earth—878 years from now. Go >>

Top Story: Shark "Photo of the Year" Is E-Mail Hoax
A photograph that has been circulating on the Internet showing a shark leaping out of the water to attack a helicopter, is a fake. The composite image, which claims to be National Geographic's "Photo of the Year," was spliced together from a U.S. Air Force photo taken near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and a photo of a shark from South Africa. Go >>

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