A new species of ancient human has been discovered in Ethiopia and the bones date back to 3.3 to 3.5 million years ago. The human ancestor has combined ape-like and human features and scientists believe it is a previously unknown member of early human species which they have named Australopithecus deyiremeda.
Someone lost a contact lens that’s how they discovered the fossil bones. No just kidding.
“Lead researcher Dr Yohannes Haile-Selassie, curator of physical anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in the US, told BBC News: “We had to look at the detailed anatomy and morphology of the teeth and the upper and lower jaws, and we found major differences.
“This new species has very robust jaws. In addition, we see this new species had smaller teeth. The canine is really small – smaller than all known hominins we have documented in the past.” [BBC]
The discovery has been published in the Nature journal.
Now you know.