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Face of Lucy’s ancestors revealed by 3.8 million-year-old skull in Ethiopia

Face of Lucy’s ancestors revealed by 3.8 million-year-old skull in Ethiopia

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Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The discovery of a rare 3.8-million-year-old hominin skull unearthed in Ethiopia promises to offer fresh insights into the complexities of early human evolution. The fossil's jaw and teeth suggest it belongs to the species Australopithecus anamensis, an ancestor of the famed Lucy hominin, Australopithecus afarensis. Researchers have previously found only fragments of A. anamensis, most around 4 million years old. Until now, paleontologists surmised that A. afarensis slowly morphed into A. anamensis -- that their evolutionary relationship was linear. The latest discovery, detailed this week in the journal Nature, suggests otherwise -- that two species overlapped on the evolutionary timeline. The specimen, dubbed MRD cranium, was found at a dig site in Ethiopia's Afar Regi...
Face of Lucy’s ancestors revealed by 3.8-million-year-old hominin skull in Ethiopia

Face of Lucy’s ancestors revealed by 3.8-million-year-old hominin skull in Ethiopia

Science
Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The discovery of a rare 3.8-million-year-old hominin skull unearthed in Ethiopia promises to offer fresh insights into the complexities of early human evolution. The fossil's jaw and teeth suggest it belongs to the species Australopithecus anamensis, an ancestor of the famed Lucy hominin, Australopithecus afarensis. Researchers have previously found only fragments of A. anamensis, most around 4 million years old. Until now, paleontologists surmised that A. afarensis slowly morphed into A. anamensis -- that their evolutionary relationship was linear. The latest discovery, detailed this week in the journal Nature, suggests otherwise -- that two species overlapped on the evolutionary timeline. The specimen, dubbed MRD cranium, was found at a dig site in Ethiopia's Afar Regi...
Ethiopia ‘breaks’ tree-planting record to tackle climate change

Ethiopia ‘breaks’ tree-planting record to tackle climate change

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Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in a day, officials say, in what they believe is a world record. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is leading the project, which aims to counter the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought-prone country. Some public offices have been shut down to allow civil servants to take part.The UN says Ethiopia's forest coverage declined from 35% of total land in the early 20th Century to a little above 4% in the 2000s.Mr Abiy launched the tree-planting exercise as part of his Green Legacy Initiative, which is taking place in 1,000 sites across the country.Officials were assigned to count the seedlings being planted by volunteers, reports BBC's Kalkidan Yibeltal in the capital, Add...
Ethiopia army chief shot dead in ‘coup bid’ attacks

Ethiopia army chief shot dead in ‘coup bid’ attacks

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The chief of staff of the Ethiopian army, Gen Seare Mekonnen, has been shot dead by his own bodyguard in the capital, Addis Ababa.He and another officer died trying to prevent a coup attempt against the administration in Ethiopia's northern Amhara region, PM Abiy Ahmed said.In Amhara itself, regional governor Ambachew Mekonnen was killed along with an adviser.The government says the situation is under control after arrests were made. The prime minister has gone on TV to urge Ethiopians to unite in the face of "evil" forces set on dividing the country. The US state department has warned its staff in Addis Ababa to stay inside.Ethnic violence has hit Amhara and other parts of Ethiopia in recent years.Since his election last year, ...
Ethiopia crash plane persistently nosedived despite pilots’ efforts

Ethiopia crash plane persistently nosedived despite pilots’ efforts

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By Ceren Senkul, news reporter The Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed last month persistently nosedived despite pilots "repeatedly" performing the correct procedures recommended by Boeing.Ethiopia's transport minister released a preliminary report into the crash which killed 157 people on 10 March. "The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft," Dagmawit Moges said at a news conference.Speaking to journalists in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Ms Moges recommended that Boeing must review the aircraft control system and aviation authorities need to confirm the problem has been solved before allowing that model of plane back into the air."Since repetitive uncommanded aircraft nose...