Was Taung human or an ape?

@article{Wopoff1988WasTH,
  title={Was Taung human or an ape?},
  author={MlLFORD H. Wopoff and Janet Monge and Michelle Lampl},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1988},
  volume={335},
  pages={501-501}
}
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