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Australopithecus bahrelghazali
Australopithecus bahrelghazali
Bradshaw Foundation Origins Archive
 
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].
AUSTRALOPITHECUS BAHRELGHAZALI
AUSTRALOPITHECUS BAHRELGHAZALI
Australopithecus bahrelghazali Chad Africa
Genus: Australopithecus
Species: Australopithecus bahrelghazali
Other Names: Abel
Time Period: 3.6 million years ago
Characteristics: Unknown
Fossil Evidence: Mandibular Fragment, Chad, Africa

AUSTRALOPITHECUS BAHRELGHAZALI

 
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.