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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-57135

Kibii, J M; Churchill, S E; Schmid, P; Carlson, K J; Reed, N D; de Ruiter, D J; Berger, L R (2011). A partial pelvis of Australopithecus sediba. Science, 333(6048):1407-1411.

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The fossil record of the hominin pelvis reflects important evolutionary changes in locomotion and parturition. The partial pelves of two individuals of Australopithecus sediba were reconstructed from previously reported finds and new material. These remains share some features with australopiths, such as large biacetabular diameter, small sacral and coxal joints, and long pubic rami. The specimens also share derived features with Homo, including more vertically oriented and sigmoid-shaped iliac blades, greater robusticity of the iliac body, sinusoidal anterior iliac borders, shortened ischia, and more superiorly oriented pubic rami. These derived features appear in a species with a small adult brain size, suggesting that the birthing of larger-brained babies was not driving the evolution of the pelvis at this time.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Anthropological Institute and Museum
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Deposited On:29 Feb 2012 13:48
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:29
Publisher:American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Publisher DOI:10.1126/science.1202521

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