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When did kenyanthropus Platyops live?

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Asked by: Kim Cannon

about 3.5 million years agoabout 3.5 million years ago in Kenya.

Who discovered kenyanthropus Platyops?

Meave Leakey’s

K. platyops is known only from a site in the West Lake Turkana region of Kenya (see Figures 13.2 and 13.3), where Meave Leakey’s team found the crushed skull in 1999.

What does the name kenyanthropus Platyops mean?

the flat-faced man from Kenya

The genus name Kenyanthropus means ‘man from Kenya’, whereas the species name platyops is derived from the Greek words ‘platus’ meaning ‘flat’ and ‘opsis’ meaning face. Hence the name means ‘the flat-faced man from Kenya‘.

What is the significance of Kenyanthropus?

K. platyops is important to the study of human evolution because its anatomy and time range strongly suggest that at least two distinct types of bipedal hominins lived in East Africa between 3 and 4 million years ago.

When did Australopithecus afarensis?

Australopithecus afarensis is an extinct species of australopithecine which lived from about 3.9–2.9 million years ago (mya) in the Pliocene of East Africa. The first fossils were discovered in the 1930s, but major fossil finds would not take place until the 1970s.

What did Kenyanthropus platyops eat?

Also by 3.4 million years ago in Turkana, human relative Kenyanthropus platyops had switched to a highly varied diet of both C3 trees and shrubs and C4 grasses and sedges. The average was 40 percent grasses and sedges, but individuals varied widely, eating anywhere from 5 percent to 65 percent, Cerling says.

How long ago did Paranthropus boisei live?

between 1.0 and 2.3 million years ago

Paranthropus boisei and Paranthropus robustus lived between 1.0 and 2.3 million years ago.

Who discovered a africanus?

Raymond Dart

History of Discovery:
Raymond Dart described it and named the species Australopithecus africanus (meaning southern ape of Africa), it took more than 20 years for the scientific community to widely accept Australopithecus as a member of the human family tree.

When did Australopithecus africanus live?

between 3.2 and 2 million years ago

This species lived between 3.2 and 2 million years ago.

What era did Australopithecus live in?


The various species of Australopithecus lived 4.4 million to 1.4 million years ago (mya), during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs (which lasted from 5.3 million to 11,700 years ago). The genus name, meaning “southern ape,” refers to the first fossils found, which were discovered in South Africa.

Where did australopithecines first live?

Australopithecus afarensis lived from approximately 4.1 to 2.7 million years ago in northeastern Africa. The most famous specimen is “Lucy,” a nearly complete skeleton found in 1974 at Hadar, Ethiopia.

When did australopithecines go extinct?

bahrelghazali indicates the genus was much more widespread than the fossil record suggests), before eventually becoming extinct 1.9 million years ago (or 1.2 to 0.6 million years ago if Paranthropus is included).

When did proto hominids live?

These proto-hominins lived between about seven million and 4.4 million years ago. Their fossils have been placed in three genera, the most recent of which was the genus Ardipithecus.