The Vertebral Column of Australopithecus sediba

  title={The Vertebral Column of Australopithecus sediba},
  author={S. Williams and Kelly R Ostrofsky and Nakita Frater and S. Churchill and P. Schmid and L. Berger},
  • S. Williams, Kelly R Ostrofsky, +3 authors L. Berger
  • Published 2013
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Two partial vertebral columns of Australopithecus sediba grant insight into aspects of early hominin spinal mobility, lumbar curvature, vertebral formula, and transitional vertebra position. Au. sediba likely possessed five non–rib-bearing lumbar vertebrae and five sacral elements, the same configuration that occurs modally in modern humans. This finding contrasts with other interpretations of early hominin regional vertebral numbers. Importantly, the transitional vertebra is distinct from and… CONTINUE READING
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