Archaeologists Discover Eight Million Year Mammal Fossils in Ethiopia
This first discovered fossils in sub-Sahara, known as chororapithecus afarensis, would give an insight into the scientific debate on the evolution of human beings.
The Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritages announced recently that Ethiopian and Japaneses researches have discovered fossils of ape and other mammals ancestors aged eight million years in Mi’esso District, West Hararge Zone of Oromia State.
According to Authority press release, this first discovered fossils in sub-Sahara, known as chororapithecus afarensis, would give an insight into the scientific debate on the evolution of human beings.
The discovery has proved the hypothesis the existence of ape ancestors in Africa for the first time between seven and ten million years back. Previously, various researchers believe that human like ancestors come to Africa from other continents as such discoveries representing the aforementioned period were not made.
The apes and various mammal ancestors discovered in Ethiopia proved that such ancestors were in Africa some eight million years back. This chororapithecus afarensis discovery could as well give further insight into the period in which the evolution of human beings and apes took their own course.
The research was conducted and led by the Ethiopian and Japanese paleoanthropologists namely Dr. Yonas Beyene, Dr. Berhane Asfaw, Prof. Kato Shigehiro and Prof. Gen Suwa with the coordinating role of the Authority.