Australopithecus sediba: a new species of Homo-Like Australopith from South Africa

Berger, Lee R., de Ruiter, Darryl J., Churchill, Steven E., Schmid, Peter, Carlson, Kristian J., Dirks, Paul H.G.M., and Kibii, Job M. (2010) Australopithecus sediba: a new species of Homo-Like Australopith from South Africa. Science, 328 (5975). pp. 195-204.

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Abstract

Despite a rich African Plio-Pleistocene hominin fossil record, the ancestry of Homo and its relation to earlier australopithecines remain unresolved. Here we report on two partial skeletons with an age of 1.95 to 1.78 million years. The fossils were encased in cave deposits at the Malapa site in South Africa. The skeletons were found close together and are directly associated with craniodental remains. Together they represent a new species of Australopithecus that is probably descended from Australopithecus africanus. Combined craniodental and postcranial evidence demonstrates that this new species shares more derived features with early Homo than any other australopith species and thus might help reveal the ancestor of that genus.

Item ID: 10671
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2010 04:18
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040308 Palaeontology (incl Palynology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences @ 100%
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