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How Does Life History Theory Contribute to This Debate

Life history can be defined as the allocation of an organism's energy for growth, maintenance, and reproduction (Smith, 1992) it is fundamentally a life strategy adopted by an organism to maximize fitness in a world of limited energy (Stearns, 1992 Charnov, 1991, 1993). What, then, is the human strategy Developmental anatomists began to tie together elements of human life in a scientific context years ago (e.g. Schultz, 1956 Keith, 1949 Washburn and Avis, 1968). It is an exercise greatly...

Discussion

Compared with the extant baseline series, the combined early Homo sample tends to have moderate levels of microwear surface complexity and feature sizes (judging from Tfv values). Early Homo specimens also tend to have low levels 0.00 1.00 2,00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6 00 Complexity jAslcj Fig. 11.5 Bivariate plots of (a) Smc and Tfv and (b) Asfc and epL-sar18 including all four early Homo groups, Paranthropus robustus, and Australopithecus africanus. of microwear anisotropy or feature orientation...

Introduction

Our understanding of the evolutionary trajectory of hominin limb proportions and overall body shape is severely hampered by the paucity of fossil individuals with associated elements from early in the human career (Walker, 1973 McHenry and Coffing, 2000 Richmond et al., 2002 Reno et al., 2005). It is now apparent that hind-limb elongation and modern human interlimb proportions emerged at least by the time of early Homo erectus ( ergaster) as represented by the fossils from Dmanisi at almost 1.8...

Building an Ontogenetic Chronology for Homo erectus

Each fossil of a H. erectus child is a snapshot of stages of growth and development. Some, like KNM-ER 820, a mandible of a young H. erectus, show a series of simultaneous stages of tooth formation (Dean, 1987a). In other cases, linear hypoplastic bands mark growth interruptions, defining concurrent stages of tooth growth across the dentition at a particular chronological age. KNM-WT 15000 and another H. erectus individual, S7-37 from Sangiran, Java, are examples of where such evidence has been...

Early Homo Conclusions and Questions

Like any volume of this nature, the present one has been perhaps more successful in raising new questions than providing definitive answers to old ones. Nevertheless, there are some broad areas of general agreement that emerged, and these serve both as a summary of our current understanding on the origin and early evolution of the genus Homo and as a guide to future research. The genus Homo almost certainly appeared sometime between 3.0 and 2.5 million years ago somewhere in Africa, but there...

Materials and Methods

Available replicas produced from molds used by Ungar et al. (2006b) were examined using white-light confocal microscopy. Eighteen specimens in total were studied (Table 11.3). This sample included most of the same individuals analyzed by Ungar et al. (2006b). Three specimens from that study (OH 7, Stw 82, and SK 2635) were unavailable for analysis, but three others were added (KNM-BK 8518, KNM-ER 992, and KNM-ER 1808) with the detection of previously unidentified antemortem microwear using the...

Orbital Forcing of African Climate

There is a growing body of evidence for precession-forcing of moisture availability in the tropics, in East Africa during the Pliocene (deMenocal, 1995, 2004 Deino et al., 2006 Kingston et al., 2007 Hopley et al., 2007 Lepre et al., 2007), and elsewhere in the tropics during the Pleistocene (Bush et al., 2002 Trauth et al., 2003 Cruz et al., 2005 Wang et al., 2004). The precessional control on tropical moisture has also been clearly illustrated by the climate modelling of Clement et al. (2004),...

Oxygen Isotope Data from South African Early Hominin Sites

Oxygen isotope ratios in herbivore bone and enamel have been used to reconstruct the isotopic composition of environmental waters, which in turn carry climate information (e.g., Longinelli, 1984 Ayliffe and Chivas, 1990 Bryant et al., 1996 Passey et al., 2002 Schoeninger et al., 2003). Oxygen isotope ratio data are regularly produced when analyzing tooth enamel for carbon isotope ratios, and thus studies aimed at providing dietary information using carbon isotopes may also provide paleoclimatic...

Conclusions Of Oldowan Tools

This paper has explored some of the interpretive issues surrounding early hominin stone tool production, stone tool use, and carnivory. These are the questions that most interest archeologists working on the early phases of human evolution. We have saved for last the question that we archeolo-gists are most often asked by our physical anthropologist colleagues, who (i.e., which hominins) made the Oldowan tools If one bases an assessment of the identity of the Oldowan toolmakers strictly on...

Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series

Vertebrate Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 10024, USA delson amnh.org Vertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 10024, USA macphee amnh.org Focal topics for volumes in the series will include systematic paleontology of all vertebrates (from agnathans to humans), phylogeny reconstruction, functional morphology, paleolithic archaeology, taphonomy, geochronology, historical biogeogra-phy, and biostratigraphy. Other fields (e.g.,...

Dental Microwear

The patterns of microscopic use-wear on primate molar teeth have also been related to food preferences. Diets dominated by hard, brittle foods tend to leave relatively large pits in teeth, whereas those dominated by tougher foods result in more striations and perhaps smaller pits (Teaford, 1988 Teaford and Runestad, 1992). The basic idea is that striations are formed as tough foods are fractured between opposing molar crests and abrasives are dragged across the wear facets, much as they would...

Raw Material Procurement Strategies

For the few Early Oldowan sites at 2.7-2.6 and 2.4-2.3 Ma, there is no evidence of long distance transport of raw material from source to the place of use, loss and or discard. To the contrary, it has been shown that raw materials were collected from immediate-to-local sources less than a few hundreds meters distant (Harmand, 2005 Stout et al., 2005 Goldman and Hovers, 2009). In some instances, comparisons of raw materials at potential sources and the material recovered from archeological sites...

Proximal Humerus

Since the humeri from Nariokotome and Dmanisi are all missing their proximal epiphyses, it is not possible to determine the condition of the head or tubercles. The intertubercular groove of KNM-WT 15000 is wide and shallow, and its shaft, like those of the humeri from Dmanisi, is straight (Walker and Leakey, 1993 Lordkipanidze et al., 2007). Larson (2007) reports that the degree of humeral torsion for KNM-WT15000 was only 111.5 , and Lordkipanidze et al. (2007) similarly report low humeral...

When Does Homo Appear in the Omo Turkana Basin

An answer to this question involves several interrelated and very complex issues. One of the major problems is that Homo itself remains a poorly defined genus, and recognizing this taxon in the fossil record is thus highly problematic (Wood and Collard, 1999 Wood, 2009). The earliest specimens attributed to Homo on the basis of dental characters occur in Member E of the Shungura Formation, about 2.4 Ma (Suwa et al., 1996), and the lower Kalochoro Member of the Nachukui Formation, about 2.3 Ma...

New Evidence About Adaptive Grade

In this brief review it is not possible to review all of the research that has been carried out since 1964 relevant to determining the grade of potential early Homo taxa. Instead, I will consider some of the research relevant to the reconstruction of the diet, locomotion and life history of these early hominins. The increasing sophistication of dental microwear research has brought both good news and bad news. The good news is that researchers are becoming much more discriminating about the...

Using Herbivore Carbon Isotope Ratios to Investigate Paleoenvironments

The basis for using carbon isotope data from herbivores to investigate paleoenvironments lies in the different photosyn-thetic pathways that are utilized by most tropical trees, bushes, shrubs, and forbs (C3 plants) on the one hand, and tropical grasses (C4 plants) on the other. Biochemical and anatomical differences between C3 and C4 plants result in their having very different, non-overlapping carbon isotope ratios (Smith and Epstein, 1971 see Codron et al., 2005 for a large African dataset)....

Jonnys Child

1960 was the first year in which the Leakeys' Olduvai project received major financial aid from the National Geographic Society. Excavation went ahead on an unprecedented scale. A few teeth and calvarial fragments (OH 6), and a tibia and fibula (OH 35) came to light. For a while these disparate remains were left in a suspense account. Louis Leakey was busy claiming that Nutcracker Man (a name I had lightheart-edly suggested for Zinj at the Kinshasa Conference) was the long-sought Olduvai...

Stone Tool Production Techniques

Oldowan stone tool production techniques show a range of different patterns. The more common of these include the following Very limited production of flakes by blow-after-blow random flaking of a cobble Very limited production of flakes by one to several contiguous or alternating removals on a side of a core, creating a strong cutting edge (chopper-core or core tool) More abundant production of flakes with simple and non-organized debitage of an ordinary core (i.e., a core for which there was...

Characters Diagnostic for Genus Homo

When all of the early African crania, mandibles and teeth are considered, it is possible to list a series of features that characterize emerging Homo. As already noted, such lists are not new, and definitions of the genus have been formulated by Le Gros Clark (1964), Leakey et al. (1964), Howell (1978), and subsequent workers including Wood and Collard (1999). In Table 5.1, only observations that can be made directly from the fossils are presented, without inferences as to behavior or life...

Annus Mirabilis at Olduvai

At the end of June or the beginning of July 1959, the Leakeys' longtime senior assistant Heselon Mukiri found a molar tooth in a lump of calcified tuff at MK in Bed I. It proved to be socketed in a small fragment of mandible. Slight as this evidence was, the specimen, OH 4, along with a premolar, represented the first remnant of H. habilis to be recovered. Only some weeks later came Mary Leakey's spectacular discovery, on 17th July 1959, of the cranium which became the type specimen of...

Dental Topography in Early Homo

A dental topographic analysis for early Homo specimens was recently published (Ungar, 2004). High resolution replicas of all available undamaged M2s of Homo erectus (KNM-ER 806, KNM-ER 992, KNM-WT 15000, OH 22), H habilis (OH 16), H rudolfensis (KNM-ER 1506, KNM-ER 1802), and early Homo sp. indet. (KNM-ER 3734) were included in this study. Data for these specimens were pooled into a single sample given the number of individuals of each species and compared with results for Australopithecus...

Plio Pleistocene Variations in East African Moisture Availability

Figure 13.1 illustrates that late Cenozoic tectonic activity in the EARS led to the production of isolated basins within Fig. 13.1 Compilation of tectonic features and prominent lake periods for the eastern branch of the East African Rift System. Tectonic features and events complied from Baker et al. (1988), Strecker et al. (1990), Ebinger et al. (2000), Williams et al. (1983) and Foster et al. (l997). Paleoenvironmental and radiometric age data for the Olduvai Basin from Walter et al. (1991)...

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DNH 35, 50, 51 DNH 45, 51 DNH 70, 51, 55 Kromdraai KB 5223, 49 TM 1536, 49 Sterkfontein SE 255, 50, 55, 56, 59 SE 1508, 50, 56, 59 South Africa (cant) SE 1579, 50 SE 2006, STS, see Sts Sts 7, 65, 66 Sts 19, 34-36, 49, 50, 52 StW, see Stw Stw 19, 52, 56 Stw 34, 52 Stw 53, 22, 23, 34, 50, 53, 56, 59 Stw 80, 50, 52, 55, 56, 59 Stw 82,126 Stw 84, 50 Stw 151, 50 Stw 606, 66 Stw 73 Sts 22, 52 Swartkrans

Conclusions

Permanent molar cusp areas were employed in an effort to evaluate the phenetic affinities of Homo specimens from the South African Plio-Pleistocene cave deposits of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Drimolen. Quantitative information relating to molar cusp proportions expands the level of investigation of the morphological affinities of these fossils from the two fragmentary crania (SK 847 and Stw 53) that have been the subject of previous investigations to a sample of 11 individuals. The efficacy...

Evidence for Skeletal Features That Improve ER Performance

Based on these criteria, several lines of fossil evidence suggest that ER capabilities first emerged in the genus Homo. These features are discussed at length in Bramble and Lieberman (2004), but a few that are illustrated in Fig. 8.1 merit brief mention here. First, while there are some indications in the skeleton of morphological specializations related to the mass-spring mechanics of running, features related to stabilization are more prevalent. In terms of trunk stabilization, the cranial...

Variation in the Dmanisi Paleodeme

Capacities obtained for the four Dmanisi crania range from 600 to 775 cm3. In order to draw comparisons with other samples, it is appropriate to employ a measure of relative variation. A size-independent statistic that has been demonstrated to be useful in paleontological situations is the coefficient of variation (CV). Where the number of individuals is small, the CV may be modified as (1 + 1 4N) x (100s x), following Sokal and Braumann (1980). The resulting unbiased statistic is V*. For...

Larger Mammal Carnivory

Blumenschine and Pobiner (2007) recently reviewed the zooarchaeological evidence for large mammal carnivory in Oldowan hominins, which we summarize below. Although assemblages of larger mammal bones have been reported from almost 20 Oldowan localities (Blumenschine and Pobiner, 2007 Table 10.1), most of what is known about Oldowan hominin carnivory derives from a single site, FLK Level 22 (Zinjanthropus level), in Bed I of Olduvai Gorge, dated to approximately 1.8 Ma. (Bunn and Kroll, 1986...

Dmanisi Homo habilis

In some respects, the Dmanisi skulls resemble Homo habilis (Rightmire et al., 2006). Similarities to Homo rudolfensis have also been noted by de Lumley et al. (2006), although these authors refer the Dmanisi assemblage to a new species (Homogeorgicus). The average endocranial volume (663 cm3) is slightly greater than the mean (610 cm3) reported for Homo habilis by Wood (1992), but individual values for D2280, D2282, D2700, and D3444 fall near the lower limit of the range observed for Homo...

Materials

The primary data analyzed in this study derive from collections housed at the National Museums of Kenya and the National Museum of Ethiopia. The published record of fossil mammals from the Turkana Basin has been compiled into a database that uses FileMaker Pro software Bobe and Behrensmeyer, 2007 . The Turkana Basin Paleontology Database currently has about 16,500 records of fossil mammals from geological formations on both sides of Lake Turkana that span in time from the late Miocene to the...

UR Chiwondo Beds Uraha Malawi ca Ma

The geological age of this relatively complete mandibular body with teeth is uncertain. Although Bromage et al. 1995 settled on an age of 2.3-2.5 Ma for the specimen, the surface from which it comes contained a temporally mixed fauna with elements potentially ranging in age from approximately 3 Ma to less than 2 Ma K. Reed, pers. comm., 2007, considers the fauna to indicate an age of anywhere between 2.5 and 1.9 Ma . Notwithstanding doubts about its earliest status, the mandible has been...

Hypodigms of Early Homo

Although a case can be made for lumping all of the early Homo fossils together as members of a single highly dimorphic species Tobias, 1991 , there is agreement, reflected among workshop participants, that the resulting hypodigm is so variable that partitioning is warranted. Sorting the fossils to two or more groups has been done differently by a number of workers Groves, 1989 Wood, 1991, 1992 Rightmire, 1993 Blumenschine et al., 2003 , partly as a consequence of the varying emphasis placed on...

Dental Topographic Analysis

Primate molar teeth are adapted to the fracture properties of foods consumed Lucas, 2004 . As Spears and Crompton 1996 have noted, dental morphology affects the nature, magnitude and distribution of stresses on food particles. Extant species known to consume tough foods, for example, have more occlusal relief than those adapted to eating hard, brittle objects e.g., Kay, 1984 Meldrum and Kay, 1997 Lucas, 2004 . Most studies to date have focused on unworn molar teeth usually M2s to allow...

New Interpretations of the Genus Homo Genetics Based Interpretations

Morris Goodman and his colleagues have presented their interpretation of how hominin taxonomy should be adapted to reflect the recent molecular and genetic evidence suggesting a particularly close relationship between modern humans and chimpanzees Goodman et al., 1998, 2001 Wildman et al., 2003 . The only paleoanthropologists who have responded to these new data have been Groves 2001 , Cameron and Groves 2004 both reviewed above and Curnoe and Thorne 2003 . The conclusions of the latter study...

Maturation of the Teeth and Skeleton of Kmnwt Basic Observations

To review briefly, the Nariokotome juvenile is judged to be male on the basis of sciatic notch morphology, skull robust-icity, and overall size of the skeleton Ruff and Walker, 1993 . KNM-WT 15000 certainly died at early adolescence, before reaching adult size and proportion of the axial and appendicular skeletons further he had most likely initiated, but not completed, physical and behavioral sexual maturation Table 9.7 in Smith, 1993 . Major ossification centers of long bone epiphyses had...

Early Homo Molars

The foregoing analyses support previous studies that have suggested molar cusp sizes to be of some utility in the assessment of the taxonomic affinities of hominin fossils Wood et al., 1983 Wood and Engleman, 1988 Suwa, 1988 Suwa et al., 1994, 1996 Bailey, 2004 . Accordingly, it is reasonable to employ such data in the assessment of the species attribution of the early Homo specimens from South Africa. However, because of the extremely small comparative fossil samples from East Africa, extreme...

Endurance Running and Hunting

Another key, perhaps even more important role for ER in H. erectus and possibly earlier Homo may have been during hunting. As noted above, a wide array of evidence suggests that hominins were actively hunting, at least by the time that H. erectus appears circa 1.9 Ma for reviews see Potts, 1988 Bunn, 2001 Dominguez-Rodrigo, 2002 . The evidence for hunting includes a large proportion of bones with cut-marks indicative of flesh removal from regions of shafts that would not have had flesh had they...

Dmanisi Homo erectus

There are numerous resemblances to Homo erectus. These include the low cranial profile, flattened frontal, sagittal keeling, reduced width of the parietal vault in relation to the cranial base, cresting at the parietal angle and mastoid region, shape of the temporal squama, angled occiput D2280, D3444 , depth and architecture of the mandibular fossa, and orientation of the petrous axis. In the elevation of the nasal saddle, lack of surface relief on the nasal sill, and posterior location of the...

Stature and Body Mass

Ruff and Walker 1993 note Nariokotome was a large individual indeed Nariokotome emerges as large even compared to all nine known adult early Homo specimens Table 11.15, KNM-ER 1472 KNM-ER 1481 KNM-ER 3728 KNM-ER 736 KNM-ER 1808 KNM-ER 737 OH 34 OH 28 and KNM-WT 15000 . The mean stature of these nine adult specimens is 162 cm 5' 4 and the mean body mass estimate 54 kg 119 lbs , both of which, however, include estimates for Nariokotome - and are not in fact far different from the estimates of...

Mean Dental

Smith 1993 assessed the stages of individual tooth formation in Nariokotome see also Brown and Walker, 1993 and compared them with those defined by Moorrees et al. 1963 and Anderson et al. 1976 . The average dental age for mandibular permanent teeth that are still forming is 10.3 years when scored against the standards of Moorrees et al. 1963 higher if one estimates a value for Mj the average of all ten immature mandibular and maxillary teeth is 10.6 years adding in values from Anderson et al....

Early Homo Samples

The proposal that two taxa, namely H. habilis and H. rudolfensis, can be distinguished among the fossils traditionally regarded as representing Homo habilis sensu lato is not universally accepted e.g., Suwa et al., 1996 Miller, 1991, 2000 Dunsworth and Walker, 2002 Lee and Wolpoff, 2005 . However, we believe that good evidence has been put forward favoring this distinction, regardless of how the hypodigms of these species are constructed Lieberman et al., 1988 Wood, 1991, 1992, 1993 Rightmire,...

KNMBC Chemeron Formation Kenya ca Ma

Hill et al. 1992 Sherwood et al., 2002 promoted this fragmentary temporal bone, found in 1966, as the earliest known example of the Homo lineage based mainly on the supposed extreme medial position of the mandibular fossa relative to the lateral wall of the braincase, which they thought reflected brain expansion, as well as several qualitative features of the glenoid region and petrous element tegmen tympani exposed in ceiling of mandibular fossa, anteromedial recess present, steep and...

Skeletal Age Versus Dental

Conservatively, skeletal age in Nariokotome was more than 2.5 years greater than his mean dental age SA - DA 13 - 10.2 2.8 years the discrepancy only rises if strictly African standards Table 10.2 Dental age of KNM-WT 15000 by human standards compared to ages of children in similar developmental stages in other samples LM2 R 1 2 Dental age mandibular teeth Dental age all Worldwide sample-boys Liversidge et al., 2006 gt 10.60 10.10 12.30 gt 9.90 10.20 10.00 10.50 10.50 10.30 10.60 Modern...

Scenarios for Evolution of Modern Human Shoulder Configuration

The observations summarized above indicate that a more protracted scapula with an anteriorly directed glenoid and low humeral torsion formed an intermediate stage between the more primitive condition of early hominins and the configuration of the pectoral girdle shoulder in modern humans. What might the stimulus have been for this latter change, returning the scapula to a more dorsal position so that the glenoid fossa faced laterally Fig. 7.4c , concomitantly requiring an increase in humeral...

Scaling of the Humerofemoral and Intermembral Indices

Humerofemoral Index

The relationship between body mass and humerus length is remarkably consistent among modern humans and African apes Jungers, 1994 . Humerus length divided by the cube root of body mass does not distinguish among gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, African Pygmies and larger-bodied humans rephrased in a slightly different manner, the interspecific log-log scaling relationship between these two variables is highly significant and isometric. This perhaps surprising result indicates that humerus length...

Early Hominins Scapula

Most interpretations of early hominin shoulder morphology have been based on two fossil scapular fragments STS 7 Broom et al., 1950 attributed to Australopithecus africanus, and A.L. 288-1l, Johanson et al., 1982 attributed to A. afarensis Table 7.1 . The feature that has received the most attention in functional analyses of these fossils is the orientation of the glenoid fossa. In hominoid primates the glenoid faces cranially reflecting the importance of overhead limb postures, while in modern...

Body Proportion and Stature

On first sight, the long limbs of Nariokotome set him apart from earlier hominins. As Ruff and Walker 1993 have shown, the distal segments of his limbs are particularly long. Both the crural tibia femur length x 100 and brachial radius humerus length x 100 indices for Nariokotome indicate an individual with tropical subtropical limb proportions. His crural index 88 as compared, for example, with 84.5 in the Denver growth sample of Ruff, 2007 is particularly extreme, falling 1 S.D. above the...

Age of Death from Microanatomy

Microanatomical studies of enamel and dentine are beginning to yield real estimates of the age of attainment of marker events in the life history of Homo erectus and other hominin species Bromage and Dean, 1985 Dean et al., 1993b, 2001 Smith et al., 2007a . In the best cases, thin sections of teeth can be analyzed to determine age of death, as well as the timing of certain stressful life history events, with an astonishing accuracy. Schwartz et al. 2006 Schwartz and Dean, 2008 were able to date...

History of Homo

The history of the interpretation of the genus Homo from its introduction in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus in the tenth edition of his Systema Naturae to the inclusion in 1964 of Homo habilis, has been one of episodic relaxation of the criteria used for including taxa in Homo. Each of these episodes has resulted in one, or more, species being added to Homo. As originally conceived by Linnaeus, the genus Homo incorporated two species, Homo sapiens and Homo sylves-tris also called Homo troglodytes or...

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KNM-ER 739, 66 KNM-ER 806, 124 KNM-ER 820, 114 KNM-ER 992, 3, 124, 126 KNM-ER 1470, 3, 4, 19, 32, 33, 35, 39-41, 43, 179, 198 KNM-ER 1813, 19, 35, 40, 44, 45, 47, 81, 179, 198, 199 KNM-ER 2598, 42 KNM-ER 3732, 19, 41 KNM-ER 3733, 42, 46, 179 KNM-ER 3734, 33, 124 KNM-ER 3735, 20, 21, 41, 67, 200 KNM-ER 3891, 34 West Turkana KNM-WT 15000, 39, 42, 44, 67-71, 81, 93, 95, 101-117, 124, 179, 200, 201 KNM-WT 17000, 136, 165, 167, 179 KNM-WT 40000, 36, 179 KNM-WT 42718, 35, 179

The Pulsed Climate Variability Hypothesis

In summary, new paleoclimate data suggest that the long-term drying trend in East Africa was punctuated by episodes Fig. 13.3 Three theoretical models of lake changes in East Africa during the Plio-Pleistocene. Model 1 'smooth' and relatively slow transitions from deep to no lake conditions, which would imply that either high energy wet conditions or prolonged aridity may have influenced human evolution. Model 2 'threshold' rapid transitions from deep to no lake conditions, which would imply...

Contributors

Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, 131 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1414, USA Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA renebobe uga.edu Department of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA Bramble bioscience.utah.edu Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London, Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK...

New Evidence about the Relationships of Potential Homo Species

The pre-1999 phylogenetic analyses that had tested the hypothesis of Homo monophyly Chamberlain, 1987 Chamberlain and Wood, 1987 Wood, 1991, 1992 Lieberman et al., 1996 Strait et al., 1997 were reviewed in Wood and Collard 1999 . Three phylogenetic analyses carried out since 1999, Curnoe, 2001 Cameron and Groves, 2004 Strait and Grine, 2004 are relevant to the ongoing debate about the phylogenetic relationships of potential early Homo taxa. Curnoe 2001 focused on the phylogenetic relationships...

Hominin Fossil Sites

This study focuses on three fossiliferous sedimentary accumulations in the Turkana Basin Shungura Formation, Omo Valley, Ethiopia Koobi Fora Formation, East Turkana, Kenya and Nachukui Formation, West Turkana, Kenya , as well as the Hadar Formation Ethiopia , Olduvai Gorge Tanzania , and cave deposits in South Africa Makapansgat, Sterkfontein and Swartkrans . Areas along the Rift Valley in East Africa were chosen because the fossil assemblages and Plio-Pleistocene strata of each of these sites...

Clavicle

The clavicles from Nariokotome and Dmanisi all display the typical S-shape curvature seen in modern humans and African apes. Walker and Leakey 1993 describe the acromial ends of Nariokotome clavicles as flattened superiorly and somewhat concave inferiorly. Moving medially, the body of the bone twists by about 30 and becomes more rounded in contour. The sternal end is ovoid, and on the inferior surface there is a low, blunt conoid tubercle approximately one quarter of the way from the lateral...

Sts Sterkfontein Member South Africa ca Ma

This specimen is a well preserved cranial base found in a rubble dump associated with early twentieth century lime-mining activities at Sterkfontein Member 4 . Broom et al. 1950 were impressed with its humanlike morphology, and, later, Clarke 1977 considered whether it should be attributed to Homo sp. rather than A. africanus based on a suite of temporal and sphenoid bone characters. This possibility was reviewed but rejected by Dean and Wood 1982 in favor of a wide range of variation for A....

Why Did Endurance Running Capabilities Evolve

Given the above evidence that ER capabilities are derived in the genus Homo, and that they were probably present to some extent in H. erectus, the final question to address is why these capabilities evolved in the first place. Answering this question, however, is a challenge because it is obvious that humans today - including contemporary hunter-gatherers -no longer need to practice ER although it remains a potentially useful component of some hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies . Thus,...

Defining the Genus Category

Genus definitions use four criteria, two lines of evidence phenotypic and genetic and fall into two categories. The four criteria are the relationships among taxa, information about their adaptive grade, estimates of the genetic distance that separates them, and the estimated time of divergence. At least one researcher Dubois, 1988 has suggested that a fifth criterion, evidence of hybridization between species, should be the primary criterion for grouping species into genera. However, even if...

Medial Epicondyle Fusion

Medial Clavicle Fusion

Like many other primates, humans ossify the appendicular skeletal joints in sequence from elbow, hip, ankle, knee, wrist, to shoulder Schultz, 1956 , although great apes and humans delay the start of this fusion sequence until puberty or after Figure 9.2 in Smith, 1993 . We can place Nariokotome firmly past puberty and into adolescence by evidence that the process of elbow joint ossification had begun Fig. 10.3 , uniting some of the four elements of the distal humerus epiphysis, and by evidence...

Human Variation in Interlimb Proportions

Knm 15000 Tibia

The humerofemoral index defined above is highly correlated with another interlimb metric, the intermembral index 100 x humerus radius femur tibia . Figure 9.1 is a bivariate plot of these two indices in a human skeletal sample of 314 individuals drawn from a diversity of ethnicities, climates and body sizes African Pygmies, Andaman Islanders, Khoesan, Zulu, African Americans, Sami and Inuit. The parametric and rank order correlations are highly significant p lt 0.001 and similar in magnitude at...

Claviculohumeral Ratio

Because the KNM-WT15000 skeleton includes all of the pectoral girdle shoulder elements, it is possible to further explore this region to try and determine how a shoulder with such limited humeral torsion could have functioned. The claviculohumeral ratio is a commonly used measure of relative clavicular length e.g., Schultz, 1930, 1937 McCown and Keith, 1939 Martin and Saller, 1959 Marquer, 1972 . The estimated total length of 319 mm for the KNM-WT 15000 humerus reported by Walker and Leakey...

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Endurance Running and Scavenging

The debate about scavenging in human evolution is long and contentious, largely because it is difficult to prove that the animal bones found in early archaeological sites were procured by scavenging or hunting for reviews, see Bunn, 2001 Dominguez-Rodrigo, 2002 . Another point of contention has been the challenge of evaluating how reliably or effectively early Homo would have been able to scavenge in various habitats. Regardless of the extent to which scavenging occurred, the most likely source...

Pectoral Girdle Shoulder Configuration in Early H erectus

Scapula Lateral Rotation

The shoulder region of the early H. erectus presents an unexpected combination of features, including relatively short clavicles and very low humeral torsion, but with a fairly modern looking scapula whose glenoid did not face cranially sitting on a barrel-shaped rib cage judging from the shape of the ribs of KNM-WT 15000 Jellema et al., 1993 . Although relative clavicular length is currently unknown for early hominins, if the isometric scaling relationship portrayed in Fig. 7.3 does represent...