Dental Morphology and the Phylogenetic “Place” of Australopithecus sediba

  title={Dental Morphology and the Phylogenetic “Place” of Australopithecus sediba},
  author={J. Irish and D. Guatelli-Steinberg and S. S. Legge and D. J. de Ruiter and L. R. Berger},
  • J. Irish, D. Guatelli-Steinberg, +2 authors L. R. Berger
  • Published 2013
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • To characterize further the Australopithecus sediba hypodigm, we describe 22 dental traits in specimens MH1 and MH2. Like other skeletal elements, the teeth present a mosaic of primitive and derived features. The new nonmetric data are then qualitatively and phenetically compared with those in eight other African hominin samples, before cladistic analyses using a gorilla outgroup. There is some distinction, largely driven by contrasting molar traits, from East African australopiths. However, Au… CONTINUE READING
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