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Hominid “groups” of species Earliest hominids “Gracile” australopithecines “Robust” australopithecines Early Homo ( H. habilis and H. erectus ) Homo sapiens (archaics, including Neanderthals, and moderns, including ourselves) Homo floresiensis Earliest Hominids All are from Africa. The earliest traces of hominid evolution were thought to date to between 3 and 4 million years ago in 1999, but the earliest traces may date to 7 million years ago. A nearly complete cranium from Toros-Menalla, Central Africa , was discovered in 2001 and has been assigned the name Sahelanthropus tchadensis . Sahelanthropus tchadensis The braincase is small but it has huge browridges combined with a sagittal crest and large muscle attachments in the rear. The face does not protrude, unlike other early hominids. There are no postcranial elements, so its locomotor capabilities are unknown.
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