EarthSky news: a new human ancestor was found in Ethiopia!
According to scientists who made the discovery, the find provides conclusive evidence that, millions of years ago, there was more than one human species. Lead author Yohannes Haile-Selassie of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History holds casts of the jaws of Australopithecus deyiremeda and is a close relative to “Lucy” who was discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. Haile-Selassie, who is a paleoanthropologist, said: The new species is yet another confirmation that Lucy’s species … was not the only potential human ancestor species that roamed in what is now the Afar region of Ethiopia during the middle Pliocene.
Current fossil evidence from the Woranso-Mille study area clearly shows that there were at least two, if not three, early human species living at the same time and in close geographic proximity.