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"We've moved to the east side of the lake for the first time in 25 years," she said. "Lots of fossils have eroded out. We find them by wandering over the surface and looking carefully. So, having not been there in 25 years, a lot of new fossils have appeared on the surface."

The focus of her team's investigations will be the time interval between one and 2.5 million years ago. "That is really the time of the emergence of Homo, and in particular the emergence of Homo erectus, the first human ancestor to move outside of Africa."

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