A new hominid from the Upper Miocene of Chad, Central Africa

@article{Brunet2002ANH,
  title={A new hominid from the Upper Miocene of Chad, Central Africa},
  author={M. Brunet and F. Guy and D. Pilbeam and H. Mackaye and A. Likius and Djimdoumalbaye Ahounta and A. Beauvilain and C{\'e}cile Blondel and H. Bocherens and J. Boisserie and L. Bonis and Y. Coppens and J. Dejax and C. Denys and P. Duringer and V. Eisenmann and Gongdib{\'e} Fanone and P. Fronty and D. Geraads and T. Lehmann and Fabrice Lihoreau and A. Louchart and Adoum H. Mahamat and G. Merceron and G. Mouchelin and O. Otero and P. Campomanes and M. P. D. Le{\'o}n and J. Rage and M. Sapanet and M. Schuster and J. Sudre and P. Tassy and Xavier Valentin and P. Vignaud and L. Viriot and A. Zazzo and C. Zollikofer},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={418},
  pages={145-151}
}
The search for the earliest fossil evidence of the human lineage has been concentrated in East Africa. Here we report the discovery of six hominid specimens from Chad, central Africa, 2,500 km from the East African Rift Valley. The fossils include a nearly complete cranium and fragmentary lower jaws. The associated fauna suggest the fossils are between 6 and 7 million years old. The fossils display a unique mosaic of primitive and derived characters, and constitute a new genus and species of… Expand
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