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Palaeoanthropology

The middle Pliocene gets crowded

New hominin fossils discovered in Ethiopia, dated to between 3.5 million and 3.3 million years ago, suggest that species diversity may have been as high during early human evolution as in later periods. See Article p.483

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Figure 1: Temporal distribution of known hominin species.

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Spoor, F. The middle Pliocene gets crowded. Nature 521, 432–433 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/521432a

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