Body Size, Body Shape, and the Circumscription of the Genus Homo

  title={Body Size, Body Shape, and the Circumscription of the Genus Homo},
  author={Trenton W. Holliday},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={S330 - S345}
  • T. Holliday
  • Published 14 September 2012
  • Environmental Science
  • Current Anthropology
Since the 1984 discovery of the Nariokotome Homo erectus/Homo ergaster skeleton, it has been almost axiomatic that the emergence of Homo (sensu stricto) was characterized by an increase in body size to the modern human condition and an autapomorphic shift in body proportions to those found today. This was linked to a behavioral shift toward more intensive carnivory and wider ranging in the genus Homo. Recent fossil discoveries and reanalysis of the Nariokotome skeleton suggest a more complex… 
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