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In Ethiopia, discovered a unique remains of Australopithecus

April 13 2006
15:53

In the north-east Ethiopia were found fossils of a species of Australopithecus.

We are talking about the representatives of Australopithecus anamensis, also known as "lake Australopithecus. The specialists, headed by American Tim White found during the excavation is the largest to date canine members of these apes as well as for the first time in the history of archeology - a femur. At 4.2 million years estimated age of the finds.

This finding surprised many researchers: Until now we assumed that habitat "lake Australopithecus" was about a thousand kilometers from the place of excavation.

In Kenya, near Lake Turkana were first discovered the remains of this species. Since this is the name translates as "lake" of Australopithecus and nicknamed the "lake".

It is believed that Australopithecus anamensis in modern Ethiopia could coexist with the more primitive anthropoid, named Ardipithecus ramidus.

Some experts believe that the australopithecines - the ancestors of modern humans, but others do not share this view, arguing that it is only about one of the branches of anthropoid, which have no direct relationship to us. Tells Interfax


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