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Middle Pliocene Hominin Diversity: the fossil evidence from Woranso-Mille

Middle Pliocene Hominin Diversity: the fossil evidence from Woranso-Mille
19 Russell Street, AP246
Time: Nov 3rd, 2:00 pm End: Nov 3rd, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS)
Colloquium

The Department of Anthropology presents

Middle Pliocene Hominin Diversity: the fossil evidence from Woranso-Mille (Central Afar, Ethiopia)

Yohannes Haile-Selassie, PhD,  Department of Physical Anthropology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

There is a consensus among paleoanthropologists that multiple related hominin species co-existed in Africa between 2 and 2.5 million years ago. In light of new fossil discoveries, they are now debating whether this was also the case between 3 and 4 million years ago. Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy’s species) was the only known hominin species from this time period until 1995 when the 3.5-million-year-old Australopithecus bahrelghazali was named from Chad, followed by the naming of Kenyanthropus platyops from Kenya in 2001. Although the validity of these two taxa has been questioned, largely due to small sample size, recent fossil discoveries from a relatively new Pliocene site in Ethiopia have rekindled the debate. Woranso-Mille, a paleontological site located in the central Afar region of Ethiopia, is now yielding incontrovertible fossil evidence indicating that there were at least two, if not three, hominin species in the Afar region during the middle Pliocene.

The event is free and open to all. Registration required. For further information, please contact the Department of Anthropology at (416) 978-4805.


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