Much of the phylogenetic debate (and research, more generally) has revolved around the shared adaptations of these “robust” australopithecines linked to a diet of hard and/or tough foods (Brain 1967; Rak 1988). In reference to taxonomy, having two or more group variants. Knappers: The people who fractured rocks in order to manufacture tools. The ability to walk habitually upright is thus considered one of the defining attributes of the hominin lineage. In total that is eight teeth a quadrant, for a total of 32 teeth., The Maropeng Museum website hosts a wealth of information regarding South African Fossil Bearing sites in the Cradle of Humankind. For one, the canine teeth were relatively small compared to other apes. This is the earliest species that clearly indicates adaptations for bipedal locomotion. Describe the anatomical changes associated with bipedalism in early hominins and the implications for changes in locomotion. Teeth are abundant in the fossil record, primarily because they are already highly mineralized as they are forming, far more so than even bone. Many of these adaptations occur within the soft tissue of the body (e.g., muscles and tendons). While the teeth are often sensitive, evolutionarily speaking, with diet, the canines may be misleading in that regard. Rock made from ash from volcanic eruptions in the past. World’s oldest Homo sapiens fossils found in Morocco. Despite this genus’ ancestral traits and small cranial capacity, all members show evidence of bipedal locomotion. Female “Lucy” is left and a male is on the right. Similarly, the long neck of the femur absorbs stress and accommodates for a larger pelvis, but it is a weak point, resulting in hip replacements being commonplace among the elderly, especially in cases where the bone additionally weakens through osteoporosis. Currently, the oldest known stone tools, which form the techno-complex the Lomekwian, date to 3.3 mya (Harmand et al. The ESA spanned the largest technological time period of human innovation from over 3 million years ago to around 300,000 years ago and is associated almost entirely with hominin species prior to modern Homo sapiens. Figure 9.14b Kenyanthropus platyops KNM WT 40000 superior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. Earliest stone-tool industry consisting of simple flakes and choppers. In reference to the face, the area below the eyes juts anteriorly. Evolution refers to the slow process of human adaptation over millions of years. Recently, a 2019 find from Ethiopia, named MRD, after Miro Dora where it was found, was discovered by an Ethiopian herder named Ali Bereino. Turkana region (Kenya), Middle Awash (Ethiopia). afarensis. Spoor, F. 2015. ———. Last Common Ancestor (LCA): The hypothetical final ancestor (or ancestral population) of two or more taxa before their divergence. Figure 9.21a Paranthropus boisei: OH 5 anterior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. Figure 9.18 Australopithecus sediba, photo by Brett Eloff, courtesy Profberger and Wits University is used under a CC BY-SA 4.0 License. In humans, this number can be variable. The infants of this species are thought to have been more arboreal than the adults, as was discovered through analyses of the foot bones of the Dikika Child dated to 3.32 mya (Alemseged et al. Obligate bipedalism: Where the primary form of locomotion for an organism is bipedal. 1998. 2015. Figure 9.8b Artist’s rendition of “Ardi” skeleton by ©BoneClones is used by permission and available here under a CC BY-NC 4.0 License. It advocates particularly for periods of accelerated aridification leading to early hominin speciation events. Figure 9.14 This specimen (Kenyanthopus platyops) has small detention, a small brain case, and a relatively flat face. Thus, periods with extreme climate change would be associated with high faunal turnover: that is, the extinction of many species and the speciation, diversification, and migration of many others to occupy various niches. Skeletal evidence indicates that this species was bipedal, primarily through examining the pelvis and lower limb, which demonstrate a humanlike femoral neck, a valgus knee, and bowl-shaped hip. In 2018 she was awarded the Baldwin Fellowship from the Leakey Foundation as part of her Ph.D. Beth Shook, Katie Nelson, Kelsie Aguilera, and Lara Braff, Eds. "This is one of the most remarkable fossil discoveries made in the history of human origins research and it is a privilege to unveil a finding of this importance today," said Ron Clarke from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, who discovered the skeleton 20 years ago. Reed, J.G. Despite a reduction in canine size in this species, large overall size variation indicates high levels of sexual dimorphism in this species. A relatively large brain (400 cc to 500 cc), small canines without an associated diastema, and more rounded cranium and smaller teeth than Au. For instance, an opposable big toe similar to chimpanzees (i.e., “primitive” or more ancestral), which could have aided in climbing trees effectively. However, this evidence is fiercely debated. Furthermore, the way in which a tooth is formed, and the timing of formation, can reveal information about changes in diet (or even mobility) over infancy and childhood, using isotopic analyses. Figure 9.21b Paranthropus boisei: OH 5 inferior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. However, the degree of interspecific variability and the extent to which these barriers acted as drivers of speciation are still debated. Ples” and was discovered in 1947 (Broom 1947). The rate at which species go extinct and are replaced with new species. In many ways, we find ourselves falling back on morphological comparisons (often on teeth and partially fossilized skeletal material) in the absence of genetic material. 2010. The link has been made between some of the earliest evidence for stone tool manufacture, the earliest members of our genus, and the features that we associate with these specimens. The discoverers suggested that they be more securely associated, temporally, with Au. The most famous individual stemming from this species is a partial female skeleton discovered in Hadar (Ethiopia), which was later nicknamed “Lucy,” after the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” which was played in celebration of the find (Johanson et al. anamensis is an intermediate form of the chronospecies that becomes Au. We refer to these as chronospecies. The new prints have a distinctly human-like form, with a… Some have argued that features of the finger bones suggest potential tool-making capabilities, although many researchers argue that these features are also consistent with climbing. Figure 9.2 Clades original to Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology by Katie Nelson is under a CC BY-NC 4.0 License. Often these are argued to represent chronospecies or variants of Au. Understanding the dental morphology has allowed researchers to extrapolate very specific behaviors of early hominins. Another famous Australopithecine find from South Africa is that of the nearly complete skeleton now known as “Little Foot” (Clarke 1998; Clarke 2013). Lee-Thorp, J. 1995). Figure 9.23 Olduwan Industry Chopper 2 by Emmyanne29 is used under a CC0 1.0 License. Specimens include mandibular fragments and isolated teeth as well as a few postcranial elements from the Asa Koma (5.5 mya to 5.77 mya) and Kuseralee (5.2 mya) Members (well-dated and understood- but temporally separate- volcanic layers in East Africa). afarensis. Leakey, M. G., C. S. Feibel, I. McDougall, and A. Walker. Valgus knee: The angle of the knee between the femur and tibia, which allows for weight distribution to be angled closer to the point above the center of gravity (i.e., between the feet) in bipeds. Context: As pertaining to palaeoanthropology, this term refers to the place where an artifact or fossil is found. A tool that is shaped to have functional edges. However, when analyzing the paleoanthropological record for evidence of the emergence of bipedalism, all that remains is the fossilized bone. Dental formula: A technique to describe the number of incisors, canines, premolars, and molars in each quadrant of the mouth. Canines: The pointy teeth just next to the incisors, in the front of the mouth. Behrensmeyer, A. K., N. E. Todd, R. Potts, and G. E. McBrinn. 1995. Figure 9.19 The “Black Skull” (Paranthropus aethiopicus) had a large sagittal crest and large, flared zygomatic arches that indicate it had large chewing muscles and a powerful biting force. The hypothesis: Based on contrasting environmental evidence to the Savannah hypothesis, R. J. 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