Paleontologists have discovered a 3.8 million-year-old skull in Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia that reveals the face of a male Australopithecus anamensis.
The newfound hominin cranium provides new information about our earliest ancestors.
Hominin bones before Lucy, the 3.2m-year-old iconic skeleton, were previously a missing link in explaining the human evolutionary tree.
The leading scientist of the study, Yohannes Haile-Selassie, describes the unearthed skull a “game changer in our understanding of human evolution”.
The precious discovery of the Australopithecine as reported via Nature now represents the face of our oldest direct ancestor.