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Thursday, May 28, 2015
'New species' of ancient human found
Researchers say the jaw bones and teeth are unlike any they have seen before
A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report.
Researchers discovered jaw bones and teeth, which date to between 3.3m and 3.5m years old.
It means this new hominin was alive at the same time as several other early human species, suggesting our family tree is more complicated than was thought.