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    Cranium of 3.8 million yr.old hominin



    With every new discovery the tree gets more messed up. The article really deserves a thorough reading.

    "https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02520-9

    "the oldest known species that is unambiguously part of the human evolutionary tree1, Australopithecus anamensis, has mainly languished away from the limelight because of its small and not particularly glamorous fossil record. Until now, A. anamensis was known only from partial upper and lower jaw bones, isolated teeth, a small part of the braincase and a few limb bones. These specimens were found in Kenya and Ethiopia and are between 4.2 million and 3.9 million years old2."

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    Writing in Nature, Haile-Selassie et al.3 and Saylor et al.4 report the discovery of a mostly complete 3.8-million-year-old cranium found in the Woranso-Mille area of Ethiopia. The fossil is of an adult, probably male, and was identified as A. anamensis mainly on the basis of the characteristics of its jaw and canine teeth. This cranium looks set to become another celebrated icon of human evolution."





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