Mellivore capensis.,The African honey badger, also called the ratel, is native to regions of Africa, India and the Middle East. This large mustelid has a fierce reputation for aggressiveness. This species is named for the honey it seeks. Honey badgers use their large powerful claws to open beehives, where they feed on the honey, but are careful to leave the larvae. Honey badgers have a symbiotic relationship with the honey guide bird. This bird leads the badger to a honey source. The badger opens the source and, when full, leaves the bird to feed on the left-over honey. Other Names: Ratel, "African Badger"
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Carnivora FAMILY: Mustelidae Origin: Africa and Eurasia
*Skull Length: 13 cm (5.1 in)
Eusmilus Skull with base
Scientific Name: Eusmilus sicarius
Location: South Dakota, USA
Formation: White River Member, Brule Formation
Age: Oligocene, 30 MYA
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Australopithecus africanus., designated STS 5, was discovered by Robert Broom and John T. Robinson in Sterkfontein, Transvaal, South Africa in 1947. Although originally considered female, study of the roots of the canine teeth has cast serious doubt on it's gender, leading most to believe it is,in fact, from a sub-adult male instead.
*Skull Length: 19 cm (7.5 in)
Austrolopithecus afarensis., Lucy is, quite possibly, the most well-known fossil hominid. Discovered by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray in 1974 at Hadar, Ethiopia, Lucy is dated at 3.2 million years old. This specimen, a 40% complete skeleton of an adult female, gave sufficient evidence that A. afarensis was a bipedal species that walked upright. Lucy, scientifically known as AL 288-1, was named after the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
*Skull Lengh 7.2in.
KNM ER 1470 Skull - First discovered in Koobi Fora, Kenya is 1972, Homo rudolphensis has consistently been the subject for debate. Many anthropologists believe this specimen to belong to the Australopithecine genus while some favor Homo habilis as its species. There are many features used to distinguish this sole specimen (KNM ER 1470) from both of these groups, but a consensus has yet to be reached.
*Specifications: CLASS: Fossil Hominids ORDER: Fossil Hominids FAMILY: Fossil Hominidae Origin: Kenya
*Skull Lenght 7.3in.