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Ethiopia: Scientists discover nearly complete hominin cranium

Scientists have discovered nearly completed hominin cranium and a partial cranium in Ethiopia that dates back 1.5 million and 1.26 million years, respectively.A statement issued by the Ethiopian Authority of Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage on Thursday , the crania were discovered from the Gona study area, in Afar region north eastern Ethiopia , by Dr. Sileshi Semaw, Senior Research Scientist from CCENNIEH (Burgos, Spain), Prof M. Rogers from SCSU (Connecticut, USA) and their research team.

Both crania, assigned to Homo erectus, were associated with both simple Oldowan-type and more complex, Acheulian stone tool assemblages.

Gona is located in the Afar triangle of Ethiopia, adjacent to the well-known Middle Awash and Hadar study areas where the famous skeleton ‘Ardi’ and ‘Lucy’ were discovered.

According to authority’s statement, the research team has been investigating the Gona deposit since 1999.

Nearly a complete hominin cranium was discovered last year in Woranso-Mille of Ethiopia dated to 3.8 million years ago.

Published on 28.04.2020

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