Functional Anatomy, Biomechanical Performance Capabilities and Potential Niche of StW 573: an Australopithecus Skeleton (circa 3.67 Ma) From Sterkfontein Member 2, and its significance for The Last Common Ancestor of the African Apes and for Hominin Origins

@article{Crompton2018FunctionalAB,
  title={Functional Anatomy, Biomechanical Performance Capabilities and Potential Niche of StW 573: an Australopithecus Skeleton (circa 3.67 Ma) From Sterkfontein Member 2, and its significance for The Last Common Ancestor of the African Apes and for Hominin Origins},
  author={Robin H. Crompton and Juliet McClymont and Susannah K S Thorpe and William Irvin Sellers and Jason L. Heaton and Travis Rayne Pickering and Todd Colin Pataky and Dominic Stratford and Kristian J. Carlson and Tea Jashashvili and Am{\'e}lie Beaudet and Laurent Bruxelles and Colleen Goh and Kathleen Kuman and Ronald J. Clarke},
  journal={bioRxiv},
  year={2018}
}
StW 573, from Sterkfontein Member 2, dated ca 3.67 Ma, is by far the most complete skeleton of an australopith to date. Joint morphology is in many cases closely matched in available elements of Australopithecus anamensis (eg. proximal and distal tibial and humeral joint-surfaces) and there are also close similarities to features of the scapula, in particular, of KSD-VP-1/1 A. afarensis from Woranso-Mille. The closest similarities are, however, to the partial skeleton of StW 431 from… 

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