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Ethiopia unveils new find of ancient fossils

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#1    Owlscrying


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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:17 AM

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Addis Ababa - Ethiopian scientists said on Tuesday they have discovered hominid fossil fragments dating from between 3.5 million and 3.8 million years ago in what could fill a crucial gap in the understanding of human evolution.

Ethiopian archaeologist Yohannes Selassie said the find included several complete jaws and one partial skeleton and were unearthed in the Afar desert, near where the famous fossil skeleton known as Lucy was found in 1974.

"The fossil hominids are a sample a time period that is poorly known in human evolutionary study."

Researchers say the area, about 140 miles northeast of Addis, boasts the most continuous record of human evolution.

Last year, an international team of scientists unveiled the discovery of 4.1 million-year-old fossils in the region.

Lucy, the most famous find, lived between 3.3 million and 3.6 million years ago. But Afar had yielded early hominid fossil remains spanning the last 6 million years.

This has placed Ethiopia in the forefront of paleoanthropology.


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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:21 AM

They don't tell us what species, or if its a new one... sad.gif     guess we'll just have to wait and see

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 01:25 PM

Here's an interesting article on the project:


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Posted 17 July 2007 - 02:09 PM


They don't tell us what species, or if its a new one... sad.gif     guess we'll just have to wait and see

Doesn't matter if they're a 'found' species or 'new', where they are could give a good hint to how me migrated across the globe. If not, these kind of finds are quite rare - the partial skelebob.

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