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Homo sapiens idaltu

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Humans
Conservation status: Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Primates
Family:Hominidae
Subfamily:Homininae
Genus:Homo
Species:H. sapiens
Subspecies:H. s. idaltu
Trinomial name
Homo sapiens idaltu
White et al, 2003

Homo sapiens idaltu is an extinct subspecies of Homo sapiens that lived over 160,000 years ago in Pleistocene Africa. Its fossilized remains were discovered in Ethiopia in 1997 by Tim White, but first unveiled in 2003. This fossil differs from those of early forms of H. sapiens sapiens such as Cro-Magnon found in Europe and other parts of the world in that its morphology has many archaic features not typical of H. sapiens. It appears to be the oldest representative of the H. sapiens species found so far. The name idaltu is an Amharic word for "elder".

See also

References

  • White et al, Pleistocene Homo sapiens from Middle Awash, Ethiopia, Nature, 423:742-7 (2003).

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