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Should Homo Habilis be dropped from the Homo genus?

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Gwydion Madawc Williams already answered this question. I just wanted to add one more comment. As has been mentioned in past answers on these types of questions, odds are, if we have two examples of species in the fossil record, neither evolved from the other. The evolutionary "shrub" is very fuzzy. read more

Results indicate that hominins may be divided into as many as four different holobaramins: (1) the genus Homo (including Australopithecus sediba), (2) the genus Paranthropus, (3) Australopithecus africanus, and (4) Gorilla, Pan, Australopithecus afarensis, and Australopithecus garhi. read more

Currently, H. habilis is placed within the genus Homo because it shares derived traits with other members of the genus to the exclusion of the australopiths. Assigning H. habilis to either the genus Homo or Australopithecus has implications for the way we interpret the fossil record. read more

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