Australopithecus bahrelghazali is a fossil hominin that was first discovered in 1993 by the paleontologist Michel Brunet in the Bahr el Ghazal valley near Koro Toro in Chad. Australopithecus bahrelghazali was named by Brunet as ‘Abel’. It was dated using Beryllium-based radiometric dating as living approximately 3.6 million years ago [Brunet et al. 2009].
3.6 million years ago
Mandibular Fragment, Chad, Africa
The find consists of a mandibular fragment, a lower second incisor, both lower canines, and all four of its premolars. This is similar to Australopithecus afarensis, suggesting that Australopithecus bahrelghazali is not a separate species. However, controversy continues as this is the only australopithecine fossil found in Central Africa.