Los restos antiguos de dos criaturas parecidas a los humanos y que fueron encontradas en el sur de África pueden cambiar el punto de vista de nuestros orígenes. Chris Stringer.

Australopithecus sediba: A New Species of Homo-Like Australopith from South Africa

Lee R. Berger, Darryl J. de Ruiter, Steven E. Churchill, Peter Schmid, Kristian J. Carlson, Paul H. G. M. Dirks and Job M. Kibii.

Author Affiliations: 1Institute for Human Evolution, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050, South Africa. 2School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050, South Africa3Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA. 4Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Box 90383, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA. 5Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland. 6Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA. 7School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia.

Abstract

Despite a rich African Plio-Pleistocene hominin fossil record, the ancestry of Homo and its relation to earlier australopithecines remain unresolved. Here we report on two partial skeletons with an age ofAustralopithecus sediba 1.95 to 1.78 million years. The fossils were encased in cave deposits at the Malapa site in South Africa. The skeletons were found close together and are directly associated with craniodental remains. Together they represent a new species of Australopithecus that is probably descended from Australopithecus africanus. Combined craniodental and postcranial evidence demonstrates that this new species shares more derived features with early Homo than any other australopith species and thus might help reveal the ancestor of that genus. Science 328 (5975): 195-204.

Australopithecus sediba Hand Demonstrates Mosaic Evolution of Locomotor and Manipulative Abilities
Tracy L. Kivell, Job M. Kibii, Steven E. Churchill, Peter Schmid and Lee R. Berger
Science 9 September 2011: 1411-1417
.Australopithecus sediba at 1.977 Ma and Implications for the Origins of the Genus Homo
Robyn Pickering, Paul H. G. M. Dirks, Zubair Jinnah, Darryl J. de Ruiter, Steven E. Churchill, Andy I. R. Herries, Jon D. Woodhead,John C. Hellstrom, and Lee R. Berger
Science 9 September 2011: 1421-1423.
The Foot and Ankle of Australopithecus sediba
Bernhard Zipfel, Jeremy M. DeSilva, Robert S. Kidd, Kristian J. Carlson, Steven E. Churchill, and Lee R. Berger
Science 9 September 2011: 1417-1420.
A Partial Pelvis of Australopithecus sediba
Job M. Kibii, Steven E. Churchill, Peter Schmid, Kristian J. Carlson, Nichelle D. Reed, Darryl J. de Ruiter, and Lee R. Berger
Science 9 September 2011: 1407-1411.
The Endocast of MH1, Australopithecus sediba
Kristian J. Carlson, Dietrich Stout, Tea Jashashvili, Darryl J. de Ruiter, Paul Tafforeau, Keely Carlson, and Lee R. Berger
Science 9 September 2011: 1402-1407.

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