Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Kenyanthropus Platyops M. G. Leakey, Spoor, Brown, Gathogo, Kiarie, L. N. Leakey, And McDougall, 2001

Gen. et sp. nov. Fossil hominid found in 1999 at Lomekwi in the Turkana district of Northern Kenya; the type locality is LO-6N. The holotype is KNM-WT 40000 and was situated between the upper bound Tulu Bor Tuff and the lower bound Lokochot Tuff, providing an estimated date of 3.5 mya; it consists of a fragmentary cranium. The paratype, KNM-WT 38350, was situated above the Tulu Bor Tuff, and has an estimated age of 3.3 mya. According to the authors the cranium is similar to KMN-ER 1470. The composite specimen has a derived flat lower face with a tall malar region, moderate subnasal prognathism, roof of palate thin, molars small with thick enamel, small acoustic opening; the occipital-marginal venous system is absent. The derivation of the species name means flat-faced (Greek).

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