First partial skeleton of a 1.34-million-year-old paranthropus boisei from Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

Domínguez-Rodrigo, M. et al. (2013) First partial skeleton of a 1.34-million-year-old paranthropus boisei from Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e80347. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080347) (PMID:24339873) (PMCID:PMC3855051)

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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

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mark, Professor Darren
Authors: Domínguez-Rodrigo, M., Pickering, T.R., Baquedano, E., Mabulla, A., Mark, D.F., Musiba, C., Bunn, H.T., Uribelarrea, D., Smith, V., Diez-Martin, F., Pérez-González, A., Sánchez, P., Santonja, M., Barboni, D., Gidna, A., Ashley, G., Yravedra, J., Heaton, J. L., and Arriaza, M.C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:PLoS ONE
Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN (Online):1932-6203
First Published:First published in PLoS ONE 8(12):e80347
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