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Early Ancestors Come Together: Humanity's roots may lie in single, diverse genus

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10:46am, March 3, 2004

Six newly discovered fossil teeth from the hominid Ardipithecus, which lived in eastern Africa more than 5 million years ago, have sharpened the scientific debate about our evolutionary origins.

Analyses of the 5.6-to-5.8-million-year-old specimens indicate that they belonged to a previously unidentified species, which anthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and his colleagues are calling Ardipithecus kadabba. Previous fossil finds from the same genus had suggested that the hominids called kadabba were instead a subspecies of the only other known

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