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Homo erectus Cranial Anatomy

Berhane Asfaw, W. Henry Gilbert and Gary D. Richard

in Homo erectus

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520251205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933774 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251205.003.0013
Homo erectus Cranial Anatomy

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This chapter discusses Daka hominid material, and presents a detailed ectocranial description of the Daka calvaria (BOU-VP-2/66) and other cranial and mandibular specimens from the Daka Member. It presents a detailed comparative description, tomographic analysis, and systematic interpretation of the cranium. The chapter also presents the postcranial elements in depth, discussing the functional and systematic information they provide. The most important conclusion that can be drawn from the comparison of Daka Homo erectus calvaria to other cranial specimens referred to Homo erectus is that ectocranial features were distributed in a complex mosaic across the Pleistocene within Africa and Eurasia.

Keywords: hominid; Daka Calvaria; Daka Member; Homo erectus

Chapter.  20533 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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