Toumai Sahelanthropus tchadensis

The recent discovery of a fascinating new hominid species in the central African country of Chad rocks the foundation of the human family tree as we know it. The fossil skull found, nicknamed Toumai is as old as any hominid fossil found to date, yet its features appear much more human-like than those of other contenders for title of human ancestor.

As the story of Toumai Sahelanthropus tchadensis unfolds over the coming days and weeks, check for updates.