Several features of the new fossils, including forward-situated cheeks, resemble those of a comparably ancient East African hominid, Kenyanthropus platyops
(SN: 3/24/01, p.
However the discovery of another species called Kenyanthropus platyops
in Kenya in 2001, and of Australopithecus bahrelghazali in Chad, and now Australopithecus deyiremedaI, suggests that there were several species co-existing.
tooth and a bone from a skull were discovered a few hundred meters away, and an as-yet unidentified tooth has been found about 100 meters away.
Harmand's paper raises questions about who the earliest stone tool makers were--was Kenyanthropus platyops
found nearby in the same time range actually the precursor to Homo as its discoverers suggested?
Leaky named it, Kenyanthropus platyops
, meaning "the flat-faced human from Kenya.
5 million-year-old skull has a flattened face and has been named Kenyanthropus platyops
, or Kenyan flat-face.
The newly discovered ''Kenyanthropus platyops
,'' Greek for ''the flat-faced human from Kenya'' is from the same time interval as the oldest skeleton discovered in Ethiopia in 1974, popularly known as ''Lucy.
The ancient skull of a new breed of early man was unearthed in a desert in Africa and dubbed Kenyanthropus platyops
- otherwise known as the Flat- Faced Man of Kenya.
The discovery of the Flat-Faced Man of Kenya, Kenyanthropus platyops
, could blur the already murky picture of man's evolution.
Experts named the creature Kenyanthropus platyops
which, translated from Greek, means the flat-faced man of Kenya.
Due to the distorted condition of the K platyops
fossil's pieced-together skull, some researchers think it's just a Kenyan variant of A afarensis, study leader Haile-Selassie said -- which, if proved, might leave the Burtele foot as our best evidence yet that Lucy had company.
Hominid 7 million years ago Sahelanthropus tchadensis 6 mya Orrorin tugenensis Ardipithecus kadabba 5 mya "Ardi" Ardipithecus ramidus 4 mya Australopithecus anamensis "Lucy" Australopithecus afarensis Kenyanthropus platyops
3 mya Homo habilis 2 mya Homo sapiens Putting down roots The relationships of human ancestors to one other are hotly debated (dates shown indicate a species' earliest appearance in the fossil record).