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Homo erectusPleistocene Evidence from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia$
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W. Henry Gilbert

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251205

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251205.001.0001

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Homo erectus Cranial Anatomy

Homo erectus Cranial Anatomy

(p.265) 13 Homo erectus Cranial Anatomy
Homo erectus

Berhane Asfaw

W. Henry Gilbert

Gary D. Richard

University of California Press

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

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