Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kenyanthropus Platyops

Kenyanthropus platyops was a type of hominid that lived in east Africa 3.2 million years ago, during the Pliocene. It was discovered in Lake Turkana, Kenya in 1999 by Justus Erus, who was part of Meave Leakey's team. In 2001, Leakey theorized that the Kenyanthropus platyops fossil perhaps represented an entirely new hominine genus, while other anthropologists has classified it as a separate species of Australopithecus, Australopithecus platyops, and yet others interpret it as an individual of Australopithecus afarensis. This fossil found in Kenya features a broad flat face with a toe bone that suggests it probably walked upright. Teeth are intermediate between typical human and typical ape forms.