Los Angeles Times
From Times Wire Reports
2:00 AM PST, March 26, 2006
Scientists in northeastern Ethiopia said they have discovered the skull of a small human ancestor that could be a missing link between the extinct Homo erectus and modern humans.
The hominid cranium was found in two pieces and believed to be between 500,000 and 250,000 years old, said Sileshi Semaw, director of the Gona Paleoanthropological Research Project in Ethiopia.
Archeologists found the early human cranium five weeks ago in the Afar region, Sileshi said.