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Zinjanthropus


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The name given by Professor Louis Leakey to the fossil skull of an early hominin found in Bed I at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, in July 1959. Dated to the Lower Pleistocene, about 1.75 million years ago, the skull is that of a robust Australopithecine. At one time the Zinjanthropus skull was nicknamed ‘Nutcracker Man’ because of the large size of the teeth.

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