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Paleoanthropology: New Skull Turns Up in Northeast Africa

Science  05 Jan 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5245, pp. 32
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5245.32b


A new area for exploring human origins may be opening up. Three weeks ago, in the Danakil Desert of Eritrea, a team of Eritrean and Italian scientists unearthed a well-preserved hominid skull and other fossils dating to about 2 million years ago. Although the skull's precise identity is still shrouded in sand and stone, researchers think it could be Homo erectus; in any event, it is the first hominid found in the region.