Origine et évolution des hominidés : Toumaï, une confirmation éclatante de la prédiction de Darwin


fr Comptes Rendus Palevol 8 (2-3) - Pages 311-319

Published on 30 April 2009

This article is a part of the thematic issue Evolutionary history of Life

Hominid origin and evolution: Toumaï enlightens Darwin's prediction

The earliest known hominid Sahelanthropus tchadensis Brunet et al., 2002, nicknamed Toumaï, from the Late Miocene (7 Ma) of Chad, displays a unique combination of primitive and derived characters which clearly shows that it is probably temporally close to the common ancestor of chimpanzees and humans. The Late Miocene Hominids: Sahelanthropus (Chad), Orrorin (Kenya), Ardipithecus (Ethiopia) are probably the ancestral group of Australopithecins from which the genus Homo appears between 2 and 3 Ma and then for the first time widespread in Eurasia. So, Toumaï seven millions years old confirms in a spectacular way the prediction Charles Darwin made in 1871.


Hominids, Origin, Evolution, Africa, Darwin, Prediction

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