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Comment on “Early Homo at 2.8 Ma from Ledi-Geraru, Afar, Ethiopia”

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Science  19 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6241, pp. 1326
DOI: 10.1126/science.aab0591

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Abstract

Villmoare et al. (Reports, 20 March 2015, p. 1352) report on a hominin mandible from the Ledi-Geraru research area, Ethiopia, which they claim to be the earliest known representative of the genus Homo. However, certain measurements and observations for Australopithecus sediba mandibles presented are incorrect or are not included in critical aspects of the study. When correctly used, these data demonstrate that specimen LD 350-1 cannot be unequivocally assigned to the genus Homo.

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