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Re: New finds



New Scientist has a report on the new hominid at http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99992533

The skull is some 2 million years older than any other known hominid skull, and that one hasn't been formally described yet. It also shows that that hominids had spread over much of Africa by that time -- the discovery comes from Chad.

And to add a dinosaur thread, the new find also shows a mosaic of traits seen in later hominids, evidence that the traditional linear model is breaking down for human evolution just as it seems to break down for the evolution of birds into dinosaurs.
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