Wednesday, August 09, 2006

 

Ethiopia: Researchers Find New Human, Animal Fossils

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) announced that new fossils including human ancestors have been recovered in the Lower Omo Valley by researchers.

The Omo Group Research Project (OGRP) Team Leader Dr. Jean-Renaud Boisserie, from the Paris National Museum, told a press conference yesterday that the fossils discovered by his team date from 2 to 3 million years.

Dr. Jean-Renaud indicated that the paleontology team discovered abundant fossil assemblages, collecting identifiable specimens in 15 different places.

'The sampled fossil fauna is dominated by different species of monkeys related to modern baboons and other monkeys, but also includes remains of fossil pigs, antelopes, hippopotamuses, giraffes, horses and large cats,' he said.

According to the researcher, three hominid specimens were also found in association with the fauna.

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