Paleontology is a living science.
The contributions of new technologies are constantly upsetting certainties.
In recent years, considerable progress has been made in the field of morphometry.
This science consists in measuring the differences in morphology between fossil specimens.
A team of scientists led by Clément Zanolli, CNRS researcher at the Pacea Laboratory at the University of Bordeaux, has published in the
Reports of the
United States Academy of Sciences) a new analysis of several prehuman remains discovered in Africa. of the South and shows that a large number of them are in fact attributed to the wrong group.
“The idea was to study all the remains previously attributed to the first representatives of the genus
, dated between 1.5 and 2.5 million years ago in South Africa
, explains the scientist.
Of the 23 specimens studied, only 4 to 7 teeth actually belong to this group.
, which appeared in Africa…
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