From Australopithecus to Homo: the transition that wasn't†

  title={From Australopithecus to Homo: the transition that wasn't†},
  author={William H. Kimbel and Brian A. Villmoare},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  • W. H. Kimbel, B. Villmoare
  • Published 5 July 2016
  • Biology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Although the transition from Australopithecus to Homo is usually thought of as a momentous transformation, the fossil record bearing on the origin and earliest evolution of Homo is virtually undocumented. As a result, the poles of the transition are frequently attached to taxa (e.g. A. afarensis, at ca 3.0 Ma versus H. habilis or H. erectus, at ca 2.0–1.7 Ma) in which substantial adaptive differences have accumulated over significant spans of independent evolution. Such comparisons, in which… 

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