New Fossils Help Piece Together Human Origins

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 21, 2005   View Article

Fossil fragments of an early species of hominid have been unearthed with rhino, giraffe, monkey, hippo, and antelope remains in Africa. Hominids are upright-walking primates including modern humans and extinct and related forms. The new fossils are helping scientists piece together the earliest chapters of human evolution.

The fossils were unearthed from the Gona Study Area at As Duma in Ethiopia’s Afar region and are dated to between 4.3 and 4.5 million years ago.

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