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

  title={A new hominid from the Upper Miocene of Chad, Central Africa},
  author={Michel Brunet and F. Guy and David Pilbeam and Hassane Taisso Mackaye and A. Likius and D. Ahounta and Alain Beauvilain and C{\'e}cile Blondel and H. Bocherens and J. Boisserie and L. D. Bonis and Y. Coppens and J. Dejax and C. Denys and P. Duringer and V. Eisenmann and G. Fanone and P. Fronty and D. Geraads and T. Lehmann and F. Lihoreau and A. Louchart and A. Mahamat and G. Merceron and Guy Mouchelin and O. Otero and P. Campomanes and M. D. Le{\'o}n and Jean-Claude Rage and Michel 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},
  • Michel Brunet, F. Guy, +35 authors C. Zollikofer
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Geology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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