The Top Ten Human Evolution Discoveries from Ethiopia
Ethiopia may well deserve the title Cradle of Humankind. Some of the most famous, most iconic hominid fossils have been discovered within the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s borders. Ethiopia canÃ‚Â claimÃ‚Â many Ã¢â‚¬Å“firstsÃ¢â‚¬Â in the hominid record book, including first stone tools and the firstÃ‚Â Homo sapiens. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a look at the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most important hominid finds.
Omo I and II (1967-1974):Ã‚Â While excavating the Kibish Formation near the Omo River, Richard Leakey and his colleagues uncovered a partial skull and skeleton (Omo I) and a partial skull (Omo II) that are still thought to beÃ‚Â the oldest examples ofÃ‚Â Homo sapiens.Ã‚Â DatingÃ‚Â to 195,000 years ago, Omo I has several features that clearly place it within our species, including a flat face, high forehead and prominent chin. Omo II, on the other hand, looks more primitive. While some researchers suggest its thicker skull and sloped forehead preclude it from being a true modern human, others say those features were probably within the range of variation for earlyÃ‚Â H. sapiens. Read more