Sahelanthropus tchadensis by Akela

Sahelanthropus tchadensis

by Akela in Paleoart-2

Sahelanthropus tchadensis is an extinct hominid species that is dated to about 7 million years ago. Whether it can be regarded as part of the Hominina tree is unclear; there are arguments both supporting and rejecting it. Another complication in its classification is that it is older than the human-chimpanzee divergence (estimated to 6.3 to 5.4 million years ago) seen in genetic data, and that there are few if any specimens other than the partial cranium known as Toumaï.

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