The Gracile Australopithecines
Australopithecus afarensis is one more well known and recognized Australopithecines, merely with regard to the number of samples attributed to the species. A. afarensis was named by D. Johanson and T. White in 1978.
The earliest africanus material comes from sites such as Sterkfontein, Makapansgat, Gladysvale, and Taung. This material dates to the end of the Early Pliocene, mostly between 2.9–2.4 million years.
Australopithecus anamensis displays a range of primitive & advanced features. The small skeletal collections that have been obtained for A. anamensis & A. ramidus, but a general similarity is apparent.
For one reason or another, it seems that the naming of a new species is almost always controversial, and it is quite clear that Australopithecus garhi is no exception.
The adaptive profile of the robust species indicates reliance on a diet of fibrous, gritty vegetation exhibited by an extremely large cheek teeth & robust mandible.
Take a glance at these remains of ancient individuals which provide the basis for much of our understanding of physical limits and appearance of our near and distant relatives.