New species from Ethiopia further expands Middle Pliocene hominin diversity

  title={New species from Ethiopia further expands Middle Pliocene hominin diversity},
  author={Yohannes Haile-Selassie and Luis Gibert and Stephanie M. Melillo and Timothy M Ryan and Mulugeta Alene and Alan L. Deino and Naomi E. Levin and Gary R. Scott and Beverly Z. Saylor},
Middle Pliocene hominin species diversity has been a subject of debate over the past two decades, particularly after the naming of Australopithecus bahrelghazali and Kenyanthropus platyops in addition to the well-known species Australopithecus afarensis. Further analyses continue to support the proposal that several hominin species co-existed during this time period. Here we recognize a new hominin species (Australopithecus deyiremeda sp. nov.) from 3.3–3.5-million-year-old deposits in the… 
Palaeoanthropology: The middle Pliocene gets crowded
  • F. Spoor
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • 2015
Another Middle Pliocene hominin, Australopithecus deyiremida, is described, which lived in Ethiopia at around the same time as Australipithecus afarensis ('Lucy') and other species such as Kenyanthropus platyops in Kenya and its morphology suggests that some dental features traditionally associated with later genera such as Paranthropus and Homo emerged earlier than previously thought.
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