The Japan Times
March 6, 2001

Mammal fossils found in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) Scientists in eastern Ethiopia said Saturday they had discovered 4-million-year-old mammal fossils that could provide clues about how humans evolved.

An international research group said they had discovered 250 skeletal remains of hyenas, lions, giraffes, horses, antelopes, hippopotamuses and pigs, and the complete skull of a baboon.

Austrian scientist Horst Seidler said he believed it was just a matter of time before human fossils are found in the Gadamaitu region of eastern Ethiopia.

About 20 anthropologists, geologists and paleontologists from Austria, Ethiopia, Germany, Italy and the United States took part in the four-week fieldwork last month.