Significant animal and human fossils discovered in Ethiopia

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The Eritrean National Museum has discovered a jaw and teeth of a missing link of an extinct elephant family, as well as human frontal lobe and cheek bone in both the Northern Red Sea region and the Southern region.

Ethiopia In a press conference he gave, the Head of the national museum, Dr. Yosef Libsekal, explained that the discoveries were made during field studies conducted on December 2010 through Eritrean and Italian archeologists.

He further indicated that the fossils of the extinct elephant family were unearthed at the site of Mai-Ghebro near Mendefera town in the Southern region, while the remains of human frontal lobe and cheek bone was discovered at the site of Mulhuli-Amo in Ma’ebele area, Northern Red Sea region.

Noting that such discoveries are of vital significance, Dr. Yosef asserted that the study would continue in an enhanced manner.

The director of research division at the Eritrean National Museum, Mr. Tsegai Medhin, said on his part that the newly found fossil of a missing elephant family is estimated to be 27 million years old and is of the first of its kind both in terms of age and species.

Moreover, a systematic research undertaken by the Eritrean-Italian team of archeologists in the villages of Buya (Homo site), Me’abele, Dioli, Derayto and Dandero revealed a significant evidence regarding the geological evolution of the Rift Valley and the ancient environment in which our ancestors lived.


Source: All Africa [December 28, 2010]


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