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| Kenyanthropus platyops|
Temporal range: Pliocene
| †Kenyanthropus platyops|
Leakey et al., 2001
Leakey proposed that the fossil represents an entirely new hominine genus. Others classify it as a separate species of Australopithecus, Australopithecus platyops, and still others interpret it as an individual of Australopithecus afarensis.
If some palaeoanthropologists are correct, Kenyanthropus may not even represent a valid taxon. The specimen is so distorted by matrix-filled cracks that meaningful morphological characteristics are next to impossible to assess with confidence.
- Kenyanthropus platyops
- Leakey, Meave G.; et al. (2001). "New hominin genus from eastern Africa shows diverse middle Pliocene lineages". Nature 410: 433–440. .