Brief communication: predatory bird damage to the Taung type-skull of Australopithecus africanus Dart 1925.

  title={Brief communication: predatory bird damage to the Taung type-skull of Australopithecus africanus Dart 1925.},
  author={Lee R. Berger},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={131 2},
  • L. Berger
  • Published 1 October 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • American journal of physical anthropology
In this issue of the Journal, McGraw et al. ([2006] Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 000:00-00) present new data on the taphonomic signature of bone assemblages accumulated by crowned hawk eagles (Stephanoaetus coronatus), including characteristic talon damage to the inferior orbits of primates preyed upon by these birds. Reexamination of the Taung juvenile hominin specimen (the type specimen of Australopithecus africanus Dart 1925) reveals previously undescribed damage to the orbital floors that is… 

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