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Thursday, June 22, 2017

New "ancestor" Aust. deyiremeda 3.5-8 ma

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32906836 

The new species has been called Australopithecus deyiremeda, which means "close relative" in the language spoken by the Afar people. 

The bones were found in the Afar region of Ethiopia 

The remains belong to four individuals and date to between 3.3m and 3.5m years old, who would have had both ape and human-like features.. 

"This new species has very robust jaws. In addition, we see this new species had smaller teeth. The canine is really small - smaller than all known hominins we have documented in the past." 

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v521/n7553/full/nature14448.html 

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