Well-Preserved Two-Million-Year-Old Hominin Skull Found

A two-million-year-old hominin skull has been uncovered in a South African cave, providing fresh insight into the microevolution of our ancient cousins.

The skull is the earliest-known and best-preserved specimen of Paranthropus robustus: a short, robust, upright hominin that is thought to have gone extinct around a million years ago. The species possessed distinctive large molars and powerful jaws that would have been useful for eating tough vegetation, seeds and roots.

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