The first skull and other new discoveries of Australopithecus afarensis at Hadar, Ethiopia

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Abstract

THE Hadar Formation in Ethiopia is a prolific source of Pliocene Hominidae attributed to the species Australopithecus afarensis1. Since 1990, three seasons of field work have contributed 53 new specimens to the hominid inventory from Hadar, including the first fairly complete adult skull. Ranging from 3.0 to 3.4 million years in age (Fig. I) 2-4, the new specimens bear on key debates in hominid palaeontology, including the taxonomic implications of sample variation and the reconstruction of locomotor behaviour. They confirm the taxonomic unity of A. afarensis and constitute the largest body of evidence for about 0.9 million years of stasis in the earliest known hominid species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-451
Number of pages3
JournalNature
Volume368
Issue number6470
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

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