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Newly discovered fossil hominid skull from the Afar depression, Ethiopia

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DURING a palaeontological, archaeological and geological survey in the Awash River Valley, Ethiopia, members of the Rift Valley Research Mission in Ethiopia (RVRME) recovered much of the facial skeleton and neurocranium of an early hominid. The specimen, which we describe here, is one of the best preserved and most complete of its kind yet discovered in Africa and is unique in its close association with stone tools.

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  1. Division of Biology and Medicine, Box G, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 02912

  2. Department of Anthropology, New York University, New York, New York, 10003

  3. Department of Cell Biology, New York University Medical Center, New York, New York, 10003

  4. Rift Valley Research Mission in Ethiopia, PO Box 5648, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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