The Evolutionary History of the Australopiths

  title={The Evolutionary History of the Australopiths},
  author={David S. Strait},
  journal={Evolution: Education and Outreach},
  • D. Strait
  • Published 27 July 2010
  • Biology
  • Evolution: Education and Outreach
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