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Title: First partial skeleton of a 1.34-million-year-old Paranthropus boisei from Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
Authors: Domínguez-Rodrigo, Manuel
Pickering, Travis Rayne
Baquedano, Enrique
Mabulla, Audax Z. P.
Mark, Darren F.
Musiba, Charles
Bunn, Henry T.
Uribelarrea del Val, David
Smith, Victoria
Díez Martín, Fernando
Pérez-González, Alfredo
Sánchez-Yustos, Policarpo
Santonja, Manuel
Barboni, Doris
Gidna, Agness Onna
Ashley, Gail M.
Yravedra Saínz de los Terreros, José
Heaton, Jason L.
Arriaza, María del Carmen
Keywords: Paleoanthropology;Hominins;Femur;Paleobiology;Fossils;Dentition;Australopithecus;Teeth
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Citation: PLoS ONE, 2013, 8 (12): e80347
Abstract: Recent excavations in Level 4 at BK (Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania) have yielded nine hominin teeth, a distal humerus fragment, a proximal radius with much of its shaft, a femur shaft, and a tibia shaft fragment (cataloged collectively as OH 80). Those elements identified more specifically than to simply Hominidae gen. et sp. indet are attributed to Paranthropus boisei. Before this study, incontrovertible P. boisei partial skeletons, for which postcranial remains occurred in association with taxonomically diagnostic craniodental remains, were unknown. Thus, OH 80 stands as the first unambiguous, dentally associated Paranthropus partial skeleton from East Africa. The morphology and size of its constituent parts suggest that the fossils derived from an extremely robust individual who, at 1.338±0.024 Ma (1 sigma), represents one of the most recent occurrences of Paranthropus before its extinction in East Africa.
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080347
Type: Article
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Geocronología y Geología

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