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Nature. 1994 Sep 22;371(6495):306-12.

Australopithecus ramidus, a new species of early hominid from Aramis, Ethiopia.

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  • 1Laboratory for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of California, Berkeley 94720.

Abstract

Seventeen hominoid fossils recovered from Pliocene strata at Aramis, Middle Awash, Ethiopia make up a series comprising dental, cranial and postcranial specimens dated to around 4.4 million years ago. When compared with Australopithecus afarensis and with modern and fossil apes the Aramis fossil hominids are recognized as a new species of Australopithecus--A. ramidus sp. nov. The antiquity and primitive morphology of A. ramidus suggests that it represents a long-sought potential root species for the Hominidae.

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8090200
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10.1038/371306a0
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