Ethiopia

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Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south. With over 100 million inhabitants, Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world, as well as the second-most populous nation on the African continent after Nigeria. It occupies a total area of 1,100,000 square kilometres , and its capital and largest city is Addis Ababa.
 Some of the oldest evidence for anatomically modern humans has been found in Ethiopia, which is widely considered the region from which Homo sapiens first set out for the Middle East and points beyond. According to linguists, the first Afroasiatic-speaking populations settled in the Horn region during the ensuing Neolithic era.
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15.03.1977  "Archaeological Finds" [1] 15.08.1977 "Fossil shells"  04.07.1986 "Discovery of Hominid Skeleton"  [2]
Fossil on stamps of Ethiopia 1977 Fossil on stamps of Ethiopia 1977 Lucy Fossil on stamps of Ethiopia 1986
20.08.2013 "125th Anniversary of Addis Ababa" [2] 
Lucy Fossil on stamps of Ethiopia 2013


Notes:
[1]  Flint tool from Melka Kunture  is shown on stamp with face value of 50C,Omo Valley and humanoid jawbone is shown on stamp with face value of 80C.On the banks of the Omo River, archeologists have found fossil fragments of Olduwan hominids from the early Pleistocene era and up to the Pliocene era. An important finding is Australopithecus man, now extinct.

[2] Fossil of Australopithecus skeleton, named Lucy shown on stamps from 1986 and on stamps with face value 4 of "125th Anniversary of Addis Ababa" set from 2013. Several hundred pieces of bone fossils representing 40 percent of the skeleton of a female of the hominin species, the assembly is also known as Dinkinesh, which means "you are marvelous" in the Amharic language. Lucy was discovered in 1974 near the village Hadar in the Awash Valley of the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson.The Lucy specimen is an early australopithecine and is dated to about 3.2 million years ago. The skeleton presents a small skull akin to that of non-hominin apes, plus evidence of a walking-gait that was bipedal and upright, akin to that of humans (and other hominins); this combination supports the view of human evolution that bipedalism preceded increase in brain size.





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