Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Archaeological site (locality TM 266) found c. 1970 on the ancient shoreline of Lake Mega Chad in the Djurab Desert, northern Chad, possibly dating to the late Miocene (deposits estimated at 7-6 my based on faunal correlation with East African sites that have known dates; see A.3 date). The site finally produced at least six hominid specimens found in 2001, including a nearly complete cranium attributed to Sahelanthropus tchadensis, and expands the geographical distribution of Miocene/ Pliocene hominids, previously centered in East Africa.

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