Recently discovered jawbone fossils unearthed at a site east of Lake Turkana in Kenya suggest there were two additional species of our genus, Homo…Read More »
, living alongside our direct human ancestor, Homo erectus, nearly 2 million years ago. Shown here, the lower jaw dubbed KNM-ER 60000 after initial restoration, but before Christopher Kiarie had carefully removed the adhering matrix. (The fossils were discovered by the Koobi For a Research Project, KFRP, led by Meave and Louise Leakey.) Less «
Four decades ago, in 1972, the Koobi Fora Research Project (KFRP) discovered the enigmatic fossilized skull known as KNM-ER 1470, or "1470" for short,…Read More »
which ignited a now long-standing debate about how many different species of early Homo lived alongside Homo erectus during the Pleistocene epoch. Shown here, 1470's cranium combined with the new lower jaw KNM-ER 60000; both are thought to belong to the same species. The lower jaw is shown as a photographic reconstruction, and the cranium is based on a computed tomography scan. Less «
The left side of the lower jaw KNM-ER 60000, after preparation by Christopher Kiarie. "The incisors are really rather small compared to what you'd find…Read More »
in other early Homo [species]," said Fred Spoor at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. "In the back of the mouth, the teeth are large, telling us a lot of food processing was going on there ... it may be possible it ate more tough, plantlike foods than meat." Less «
Paleontologists Meave Leakey and Fred Spoor collect fossils close to the site in northern Kenya where the new face KNM-ER 62000 was found.
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