The Postcranial Anatomy of Australopithecus afarensis: New Insights from KSD-VP-1/1 by Yohannes Haile-SelassieThe Postcranial Anatomy of Australopithecus afarensis: New Insights from KSD-VP-1/1 by Yohannes Haile-Selassie

The Postcranial Anatomy of Australopithecus afarensis: New Insights from KSD-VP-1/1

byYohannes Haile-SelassieEditorDenise F. Su

Hardcover | January 6, 2016

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This volume describes a 3.6 million-years-old partial skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis from the Woranso-Mille, central Afar, Ethiopia. This specimen is the first adult partial skeleton to be recovered since Lucy's (A.L. 288-1) discovery in 1974. It is older than Lucy by 400,000 years and sheds light on the paleobiology of early Australopithecus afarensis, particularly the morphology of the shoulder girdle and thoracic shape, which are thus far poorly understood and actively debated. The fauna associated with the partial skeleton tells us enormously about Au. afarensis paleoecology and give us another piece of the puzzle regarding habitat availability and use for Au. afarensis outside the Hadar region where it has been well-known for the last four decades.
Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie is curator and head of Physical Anthropology at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. His main area of research is Plio-Miocene mammalian evolution with a focus on the origin of the earliest hominins and the evolutionary history of early Australopithecus. He is also principal investigator of an active fie...
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Title:The Postcranial Anatomy of Australopithecus afarensis: New Insights from KSD-VP-1/1Format:HardcoverDimensions:191 pagesPublished:January 6, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401774277

ISBN - 13:9789401774277

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Introduction to KSD-VP-1/1: The earliest partial skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis.- The Geologic Context of Korsi Dora and the Partial Skeleton KSD-VP-1/1.- The Taphonomy and Paleoecology of Korsi Dora Vertebrate Locality 1, Woranso-Mille Study Area, Ethiopia.- KSD-VP-1/1: Analysis of the Postcranial Skeleton Using High-Resolution Computed Tomography.- The Cervical Vertebrae of KSD-VP-1/1.- The Shoulder Girdle of KSD-VP-1/1.- The Thoracic Cage of KSD-VP-1/1.- The Pelvic Girdle and Limb Bones of KSD-VP-1/1.- Conclusion: Implications of KSD-VP-1/1 for Early Hominin Paleobiology and Insights into the Chimpanzee/Human Last Common Ancestor.