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Date / LocationSpecies (genus and species name)Traits / Notable Details
6-7 MYA / ChadApe-like braincase, small canines, brow ridges like those in later hominids, very small brain
1.4-2.3 MYA / Olduvai, TanzaniaLeakey suggested that this was the tool-maker, more gracile form
3.9-4.2 MYA / Lake Turkana, KenyaRelatively large canines, postcrania suggests bipedal
1.2-2.6 MYA / Olduvai, Tanzania Massive molars, very robust form
4.4-5.8 MYA / EthiopiaLittle sexual dimorphism, foramen magnum suggest bipedal, grasping big toe
2.5 MYA / Awash region, EthiopiaLong hindlimbs, nearby animals showed signs of butchering
2-3 MYA / Taung, South AfricaRelatively large brain, foramen magnum suggested bipedalism, human-like teeth, small face
2.9-3.7 MYA / Hadar, Ethiopia Lucy! Bipedal, small body, relatively small brain
3.5 MYA / Lake Turkana, KenyaFlat lower face, relatively small molars
6 MYA / Tugen Hills, KenyaFemur suggest bipedal but upper limb fragments suggest climbing

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