Fore- and hindlimb proportions in Plio-Pleistocene hominids.


Associated fore- and hindlimb parts of five individuals are known from the hominid Plio-Pleistocene fossil collections in Africa. Four of these have been classified as Australopithecus and show definite evidence that in comparison with humans, forelimbs were relatively large and hindlimbs were relatively small. The fourth individual, placed in the genus Homo, has human proportions. These findings do not necessarily imply locomotor differences: the forelimbs may have been relatively long in Australopithecus simply because they were as yet not completely reduced from their generalized hominoid ancestral state.

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@article{Mchenry1978ForeAH, title={Fore- and hindlimb proportions in Plio-Pleistocene hominids.}, author={Henry M Mchenry}, journal={American journal of physical anthropology}, year={1978}, volume={49 1}, pages={15-22} }