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Facelift Supports Skull's Status as Oldest Member of the Human Family

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Science  08 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5719, pp. 179-181
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5719.179a

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Fresh fossils of teeth and jaw fragments of Sahelanthropus tchadensis, plus a state-of-the-art analysis of a three-dimensional virtual reconstruction, show that the 7-million-year-old skull nicknamed Toumai is indeed a hominid and that he might have walked upright.