Australopithecus sediba Hand Demonstrates Mosaic Evolution of Locomotor and Manipulative Abilities

@article{Kivell2011AustralopithecusSH,
  title={Australopithecus sediba Hand Demonstrates Mosaic Evolution of Locomotor and Manipulative Abilities},
  author={T. Kivell and J. M. Kibii and S. Churchill and P. Schmid and L. Berger},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={333},
  pages={1411 - 1417}
}
  • T. Kivell, J. M. Kibii, +2 authors L. Berger
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • The hand of Australopithecus sediba, a rare example in the hominid fossil record, shows short fingers and a long thumb consistent with improved precision gripping while retaining strength for climbing. Hand bones from a single individual with a clear taxonomic affiliation are scarce in the hominin fossil record, which has hampered understanding the evolution of manipulative abilities in hominins. Here we describe and analyze a nearly complete wrist and hand of an adult female [Malapa Hominin 2… CONTINUE READING
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