American archaeologists discovered fossils of a new ancient human race in Ethiopia, dating back more than three million years.
The scientific community discovered jaw bone and teeth of ancient people in Afar region, Ethiopia. The fossil is dated to about 3.3-3.5 million years old, belonging to an ancient man called Australopithecus deyiremeda, meaning "relative" in the Afar language .
Australopithecus deyiremeda jaw bone fossil.(Photo: Laura Demsey)
"We observe the anatomical details, the shape of the teeth, the jaw and recognize the big difference. The Australopithecus deyiremeda has a strong jaw, the teeth are smaller than the ones we have known in past, " said BBC expert Yohannes Haile Selassie of Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Australopithecus deyiremeda is likely to be one of four ancient groups of people living at the same time in the past. The most famous of these is Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy), believed to be the direct ancestor of humans. The other two groups are Kenyanthropus platyops and Australopithecus bahrelghazali.