Australopithecus afarensis is generally regarded as being a primary ancestor of humans. It’s also regarded as an ancestor that is direct of types of Australopithecus and all sorts of types into the Paranthropus genus.
The names Praeanthropus africanus and Praeanthropus afarensis have already been recommended as options by scientists whom believe this species doesn’t belong within the genus Australopithecus.
In 2015, a group under Yohannes Haile-Selassie described into the log Nature a brand new types A. Deyiremeda (through the Afar language, deyi meaning ‘close’ and remeda meaning ‘relative’). The fossils date to 3.5 to 3.3 million years old and had been discovered in Woranso-Mille in Ethiopia, near to sites of the similar age that produced A. Afarensis specimens. If proper, A. Afarensis had not been the only hominin around in eastern Africa at the moment.
The fossils, all present in March 2011, incorporate a partial top jaw bone tissue (holotype BRT-VP-3/1), two lower jaws (paratypes BRT-VP-3/14 and WYT-VP-2/10) and an separated P4 tooth in a maxillary fragment (referred specimen BRT-VP-3/37). Key features included forward cheek bones, three-rooted premolars and tiny crowns that are first-molar.