Time to bury your head in the sand ... again
Posted by DA Morgan on Jul 10, 2002 at 15:31
A team of researchers in central Africa say they've uncovered what appears to be the earliest evidence of the human family ever found -- a skull, jawbone and teeth between 6 million and 7 million years old.
Scientists say the importance of the discovery, unearthed in the Djurab desert of northern Chad, cannot be underestimated.
"This is a very exciting find. It expands our knowledge of early evolution in a couple of different ways, both in time and in space," said Ian Tattersall, an anthropologist at The American Museum of Natural History. It is the first hominid fossil found in central Africa.