Abel (hominid)

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Abel (KT-12/H1)[1] is the name given to the only specimen ever discovered of Australopithecus bahrelghazali. Abel was found in January 1995 in Chad in the Kanem Region by the paleontologist Michel Brunet,[2] who named the fossil "Abel" in memory of his close friend Abel Brillanceau, who had died of malaria in 1989.

Of Abel remains only part of a jaw, which explains the little information descernable concerning its way of life.

The few teeth confirm it to be of the genus Australopithecus: it has a second premolar with a broad and molarized crown, not dissimilar to the Lucy fossil, and as such to the Australopithecus afarensis.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Australopithecus bahrelghazali: KT-12/H1". eFossils. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Brunet, M., Beauvilain, A., Coppens, Y., Heintz, É., Moutaye, A.H.E et Pilbeam, D. (1995) - "The first australopithecine 2,500 kilometres west of the Rift Valley (Chad)", Nature, 378, pp. 273-275.