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The classification of Sahelanthropus has been the most in question.
The earliest australopithecines very likely did not evolve until 5 million years ago or shortly thereafter (during the beginning of the Pliocene Epoch) in East Africa.
This meant that the Taung child must have been bipedal.
In addition, the canine teeth were relatively short.
The other line seems to have lived more in mixed grassland and woodland environments, like the earlier australopithecines, and was primarily vegetarian.
This second, more conservative line of early hominins died out by 1 million years ago or shortly before then.
One line apparently was adapted primarily to the food resources in lake margin grassland environments and had an omnivorous diet that increasingly included meat.
In 1925 he named it (literally "southern ape from Africa").
However, African forests were progressively giving way to sparse woodlands and dry grasslands, or savannas .
The australopithecines took advantage of these new conditions.
In the more open environments, bipedalism would very likely have been an advantage.
By 2.5 million years ago, there were at least 2 evolutionary lines of hominins descended from the early australopithecines.Because of its small size, he called it the "Taung baby." In fact, its teeth indicate that it was a 3-4 year old child.