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Australopithecus sediba: A New Species of Homo-Like Australopith from South Africa
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Combined craniodental and postcranial evidence demonstrates that this new species of Australopithecus shares more derived features with early Homo than any other australopith species and thus might help reveal the ancestor of that genus. Expand
Revised age estimates of Australopithecus-bearing deposits at Sterkfontein, South Africa.
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The interpretation of the fauna, the archeometric results, and the magnetostratigraphy of Sterkfontein indicate that it is unlikely that any Members yet described from SterkFontein are in excess of 3.04 Ma in age, and it is suggested that Australopithecus africanus should not be considered as a temporal contemporary of Australopheticcus afarensis, Australopheses bahrelghazali, and Kenyanthropus platyops. Expand
Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa
Homo naledi is a previously-unknown species of extinct hominin discovered within the Dinaledi Chamber of the Rising Star cave system, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. This species is characterizedExpand
Isotopic Evidence for Dietary Variability in the Early Hominin Paranthropus robustus
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Laser ablation stable isotope analysis reveals that the δ13C values of Paranthropus robustus individuals often changed seasonally and interannually, suggesting that Paranthropu was not a dietary specialist and that by about 1.8 million years ago, savanna-based foods made up an important but highly variable part of its diet. Expand
Recently identified postcranial remains of Paranthropus and early Homo from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa.
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A new distal femur, SK 1896 and other bones attributed to Homo cf. Expand
Stable isotopes in fossil hominin tooth enamel suggest a fundamental dietary shift in the Pliocene
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It is argued that evidence for engagement with C4 food resources may mark a fundamental transition in the evolution of hominin lineages, and that the pattern had antecedents prior to the emergence of Australopithecus africanus. Expand
ELEPHANT (LOXODONTA AFRICANA) DIETS IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA: SPATIAL AND LANDSCAPE DIFFERENCES
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The homogeneity of woody vegetation in the north (dominated by Colophospermum mopane “shrubveld”) may deter browsing and force elephants in this area to opt for alternative food sources (grass) throughout the seasonal cycle. Expand
Do "savanna" chimpanzees consume C4 resources?
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These data suggest that the Fongoli chimpanzees consume little in the way of C(4) vegetation or animals that eat such vegetation, even though these resources are locally abundant and preferred fruits are more widely scattered than at most chimpanzee study sites. Expand
New Australopithecus robustus fossils and associated U-Pb dates from Cooper's Cave (Gauteng, South Africa).
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A detailed geological background to a series of hominin fossils retrieved from the newly investigated deposit of Cooper's D is provided, including uranium-lead ages for speleothem material associated with A. robustus and the paleoenvironment is reconstructed as predominantly grassland, with nearby woodlands and a permanent water source. Expand
Significance of diet type and diet quality for ecological diversity of African ungulates.
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Results show that, contrary to many predictions, body mass and diet type are not related, but these data confirm predictions that diet quality decreases with increasing body size, especially during the dry season, which implies that adaptation to diets of varying quality, through changes in body size and dental features, has been the primary mechanism for diversification in ungulates. Expand
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