Platyops


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Platyops

 

a genus of large fossil amphibians of the super-order Labyrinthodontia. The Platyops lived in the late Permian period. Their length was about 1 m. The snout, as in gavials, was long and narrow; it broadened at the tip to accommodate large grasping teeth. The nostrils were far back in the head, near the eye sockets. The Platyops lived in freshwaters and fed on fish. Three species are known from the Ural Region.

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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.
platyops 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.
Leaky named it, Kenyanthropus platyops, meaning "the flat-faced human from Kenya."
The 3.5 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.
There is, however, another contender for the title of Lucy's neighbour: Kenyanthropus platyops, a putative ancestral human species from Lucy's time.