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Paleoanthropology is the study of extinct hominids. This is studied to gain insight into the evolution of man. In East Africa many fossils of hominids were found in the 20th century which stimulated the research enormously. Meanwhile, hominids were found on several other continents too.

Paleoanthropology is a science where there is a strong competition between researchers and the sensitivity of the subject has played a major role. The number of found fossil hominids is still relatively small, and the family appears to be very complex. Much remains unclear about the family tree of man.

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