Australopithecus garhi is a gracile australopithecine species whose fossils were discovered in 1996 by a research team led by paleontologists Berhane Asfaw and Tim White. The hominin remains are part of the evolutionary tree and are believed to be a human ancestor species, possibly the direct ancestor to the human genus, Homo [Asfaw, B; White, T; 1999].
2.6 to 2.5 million years ago
Primitive-shaped Stone Tools
Fossils, Ethiopia, Africa
The Australopithecus garhi fossils were discovered in the Bouri Formation located in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression. ‘Garhi’ means ‘surprise’ in the local Afar language.