New species from Ethiopia further expands Middle Pliocene hominin diversity

@article{HaileSelassie2015NewSF,
  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},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2015},
  volume={521},
  pages={483-488}
}
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… 
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