A new hominin foot from Ethiopia shows multiple Pliocene bipedal adaptations

  title={A new hominin foot from Ethiopia shows multiple Pliocene bipedal adaptations},
  author={Yohannes Haile-Selassie and Beverly Z. Saylor and Alan L Deino and Naomi E Levin and Mulugeta Alene and Bruce M. Latimer},
A newly discovered partial hominin foot skeleton from eastern Africa indicates the presence of more than one hominin locomotor adaptation at the beginning of the Late Pliocene epoch. Here we show that new pedal elements, dated to about 3.4 million years ago, belong to a species that does not match the contemporaneous Australopithecus afarensis in its morphology and inferred locomotor adaptations, but instead are more similar to the earlier Ardipithecus ramidus in possessing an opposable great… CONTINUE READING
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