Australopithecus anamensis: a finite-element approach to studying the functional adaptations of extinct hominins.

@article{Macho2005AustralopithecusAA,
  title={Australopithecus anamensis: a finite-element approach to studying the functional adaptations of extinct hominins.},
  author={Gabriele A Macho and Daisuke Shimizu and Yong Jiang and Iain R. Spears},
  journal={The anatomical record. Part A, Discoveries in molecular, cellular, and evolutionary biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={283 2},
  pages={310-8}
}
Australopithecus anamensis is the stem species of all later hominins and exhibits the suite of characters traditionally associated with hominins, i.e., bipedal locomotion when on the ground, canine reduction, and thick-enameled teeth. The functional consequences of its thick enamel are, however, unclear. Without appropriate structural reinforcement, these thick-enameled teeth may be prone to failure. This article investigates the mechanical behavior of A. anamensis enamel and represents the… CONTINUE READING
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