The Earliest Hominins--Is Less More?

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Science  05 Mar 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5663, pp. 1478-1480
DOI: 10.1126/science.1095516

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There is much discussion among anthropologists about the number of taxa that lived shortly after the human lineage diverged from that of chimpanzees. In his Perspective, Begun discusses a recent hominid fossil find in the Middle Awash region of Ethiopia that suggests there may have been more diversity among the first humans than previously thought ( Haile-Selassie et al .).