Vertebral pathology in the Afar australopithecines
During the 1970s and 1980s, when anthropologists were bringing "woman the gatherer" into the evolutionary picture and when there were many discoveries in Africa of fossils from two to four million years old, the focus was on the early australopithecine
Adaptive radiation of the australopithecines
and the origin of man.
Less adept at climbing than australopithecines
, they nonetheless scrambled into the treetops to pick fruit, to sleep, or to elude predators.
Evolutionary history of the "robust" australopithecines
I think within 10 or 20 seconds of looking at the lower jaw, I knew exactly that it can't have been a modern human and it had features in common with Homo erectus and australopithecines
," he said in a phone interview from his Sydney home.
had brains only slightly larger than present-day African apes, but hominid brains increased rapidly in size during the last two million years from the 500-800 c[m.
For example, later members of one example group, the Australopithecines
developed massive faces, gigantic teeth, and huge jawbones.
The fierce solitary killers fed on antelopes, baboons and australopithecines
What are australopithecines
if not the bones of primitive humans?
In the second episode we meet the ape-men known as australopithecines
, who split into two sub-species, one vegetarian, the other meat-eating.
The creatures that made them were almost certainly Australopithecines
, or southern apes, part of the family of apes and humans known as hominids.
1988 "Late pliocene climatic events and hominid evolution", en: Evolutionary history of the "robust" australopithecines
, Frederik E.
Lucy", one of a group of creatures called australopithecines
, had short stubby legs and a wide pelvis.
Ample evidence has shown that australopithecines
were walking upright by this time, but the first traces of this skeleton - the four bones of an instep and beginning of the big toe - suggested that this species also was capable of grasping and climbing like a chimpanzee.