Discovered the fossils of a relative of "Lucy"

15-01-2017 ripbilly
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Lucy, as we know the most famous Australopithecus skeleton of our human family tree, has a new relation with the discovery of a fossil jaws and teeth found in the vast plains of the Afar region in Ethiopia that match the while the remains of this. This new species of hominid, Australopithecus deyiremeda named, lived between 3.3 and 3.5 million years.

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The finding of this contemporary with Lucy, published in the journal Nature, confirms that this new shared territory hominid Australopithecus afarensis and not alone as had discussed the scientific community since its discovery in 1974. So much so that the remains found were far as only about 30 kilometers away from where afarensis lived in Woranso-Mille.

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"The new species provides, for the first time evidence that more than one species of hominids overlapped in space and in time. It has the thickest enamel stronger and lower jaw that Australopithecus afarensis and the Kenyanthropus platytop "explains Yohannes Haile-Selassie Sync, leader of the study, suggesting that their diet would be even more varied than that of A. afarensis.

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According says the international team of researchers who conducted the discovery, it is possible that the kind of "Lucy" and the new hominid were not the only ones not coexist at the same time, "the fossil evidence of the study area Woranso- Mille clearly show that at least there were two, if not three- species of human ancestors that lived at the same time in an area of ​​geographical proximity, "says Haile-Selassie.

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This third species has not yet been linked to any particular remains, but it looks like it could correspond with the fossil remains of a hominid foot dating from 3.4 million years ago and discovered in the area in 2012 Burtele.

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The discovery of these new fossils launch a major scientific debate about the origins of man, whose secrets are getting closer to unravel.