This dating shows the cranium
belongs to the species Australopithecus anamesis, ancestor of Australopithecus afarensis -a species that belongs to Lucy- and both species were contemporary, at least for 100,000 years.
The 3.8 million-year-old fossil cranium
represents a time interval between 4.1 and 3.6 million years ago, when A.
For traditional morphometrics, we measured 23 skull traits (18 of cranium
and 5 of the jaw, Appendix II) for S.
Landmarks were digitized on standardized pictures of the dorsal, lateral and ventral views of the cranium
, and latera view of the mandibles (Fig.
In such cases, the dura, which is a thick skin under the cranium
, is used to cover the internal parts of the brain.
"This large portion of spongy bone, also found in our own cranium
, may indicate that blood flow in the brain of Australopithecus may have been comparable to us, and/or that the braincase had an important role in the protection of the evolving brain," Amelie Beaudet, the lead author of the study, said in a (https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uotw-coa062518.php) statement.
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The manipulation of elements of the human cranium
and mandible--or, in some cases, the cranium
alone (1)--has implications for the reconstruction of social structure and a range of funerary practices linked to ritual and social interactions in the past.
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Computed tomography scan of the head and neck regions revealed 2 full-thickness skull-bone defects within the caudal portion of the cranium
. The cerebellum appeared to be ventrally compressed by a homogeneous, triangular, fluid-attenuating region (0-10 Hounsfield units).
The early fossil skulls put on exhibit are as follows: jaw D2600, found in 2000, which is unusually large with the teeth worn down to the roots; skull D2700 with associated jaw D2735, both found in 2001, which is a young adult with partially erupted molars (wisdom teeth); toothless skull D3444, found in 2002, and its associated mandible D3900, found in 2004, which is probably an adult female; and skull D4500, found in 2005, with jaw D2600, which is the most well-preserved cranium
from that time period in the world.
A skull known as Cranium
17 belonged to an otherwise healthy young adult who died from wounds that left two gaping forehead holes, says Nohemi Sala, a paleontologist at Centro Mixto UCM-ISCIII de Evolucion y Comportamiento Humanos in Madrid.