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Australopithecines!

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Welcome to the home page for Anthro 604, "Australopithecines!" This page keeps a list of pages within this site that are useful for the course, as well as e...

Whallon's population model

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Whallon R. 1989. Elements of cultural change in the later Paleolithic. In: Mellars P, Stringer CB, editors, The human revolution: Behavioural and biological ...

Evolving allometry

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Frankino AW, Zwaan BJ, Stern DL, and Brakefield PM. 2005. Natural selection and developmental constraints in the evolution of allometries. Science 307: 718-7...

The Hominid Pelvis

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The most dramatic illustration of bipedalism is the pelvis, and the most dramatic specimen demonstrating pelvic morphology is the relatively complete skelet...

Neandertals in NYC

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I'm sitting at my gate at LaGuardia, returning from a conference at NYU, titled "Neanderthals revisited: New approaches and perspectives," cosponsored by th...

How much selection does it take?

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I was involved in a discussion this weekend that I think reveals much about the current state of evolutionary genomics. The forum was the "Neanderthals Rev...

Why be bipedal?

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The skeletal adaptation to bipedalism is well documented in early hominids. What is less clear is what events led to this adaptation and its eventual succes...

Forelimbs and climbing in early hominids

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Compared to their small body mass, the forelimbs of early hominids are both longer and more muscular than those of recent humans. The arms are shorter than ...

Bipeds at Lukeino

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The earliest skeletal traces of bipedalism come from the fossils from Lukeino, in the Tugen Hills of western Kenya. A single isolated molar was found here i...

Proconsul :: overview

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Perhaps the largest sample of Miocene ape fossils, dated over the longest time period, is Proconsul. Extending from over 22 million years ago to around 10 m...

Oreopithecus :: overview

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Oreopithecus bambolii is known from a series of well-preserved fossils, including some relatively complete skeletons, from the north of Italy dated to betwee...

Morotopithecus :: overview

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The site of Moroto, in Uganda, has produced a few ape fossils dating to around 20 million years ago, including a large palate and partial face. The palate i...

Lufengpithecus :: overview

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Lufengpithecus lufengensis is a fossil ape from China, dating to the latest Miocene and Pliocene. A single mandible from the site of Longgupo argues that Luf...

Gigantopithecus :: overview

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Gigantopithecus blacki was, as its name implies, a gigantic ape from the Pleistocene of China. Its remains consist only of teeth and jaws, but these are of a...