Australopithecus africanus

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Name: Australopithecus africanus
First reported Sep 07 2014 - Updated Sep 07 2014 - 1 reports

Taung child’s skull compared to human’s

HUMANORIGINS.SI.EDUIf there’s one thing that paleontologists can say for certain about human evolution, it’s that we evolved from hominids who lived millions of years ago. We’ve all heard about the Neanderthals, Homo erectus and Homo sapiens, but can ... [Published John Hopkins Newsletter - Sep 07 2014]
First reported Sep 05 2014 - Updated Sep 05 2014 - 1 reports

Tourists to gain access to excavations for hominid bones in South Africa

Paleoanthropologist Prof Lee Berger, who discovered the Australopithecus sediba, peers into the Cradle Of Humankind site in South Africa. Photograph: Barcroft MediaWith brio and a brown fedora that have earned comparisons with Indiana Jones, Professor ... [Published Guardian.co.uk - Sep 05 2014]
First reported Sep 02 2014 - Updated Sep 02 2014 - 1 reports

CT Scan Casts Doubt on Hominid Child’s Brain Development Is Similar to That of Modern Humans

Image: The Taung Child fossil at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University (Photo courtesy of Wits University).Image: The Taung Child fossil at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University (Photo courtesy of Wits University).By undergoing ... [Published Biotech Daily - Sep 02 2014]
First reported Aug 28 2014 - Updated Aug 28 2014 - 1 reports

Taung Child was not as advanced for his age as thought

One of South Africa’s most famous fossil finds, the Taung Child, is still a candidate as a modern human ancestor, despite new evidence showing that it does not have modern human-like skull features, experts say.Identified nearly 90 years ago by University ... [Published Mail & Guardian Online - Aug 28 2014]
First reported Aug 27 2014 - Updated Aug 27 2014 - 1 reports

Skull spurs brain size debate

Washington –A three-million-year-old child’s skull uncovered in South Africa has no signs of the kind of soft spot seen in human children with larger brains, according to a new study.The findings are the latest contribution to long-running debate over ... [Published Daily News South Africa - Aug 27 2014]
First reported Aug 27 2014 - Updated Aug 27 2014 - 1 reports

Ancient skull’s new secret studied

Durban - A three-million-year-old fossil skull has revealed that the infant brain development of this human ancestor was not the same as that of modern babies.This was announced on Tuesday by Wits researcher Kristian Carlson and colleagues in a paper ... [Published IOL - Aug 27 2014]
First reported Aug 25 2014 - Updated Aug 26 2014 - 5 reports

Taung, metopism, and hominin brain evolution [Anthropology]

Ralph L. Holloway a , 1 , Douglas C. Broadfield b , and Kristian J. Carlson c , d , e a Department of Anthropology, Columbia University , New York, NY 10027; b Department of Anthropology, Florida Atlantic University , Boca Raton, FL 33431; c Evolutionary ... [Published PNAS - Aug 26 2014]
First reported Aug 26 2014 - Updated Aug 26 2014 - 1 reports

August 25 - August 29

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...got a comprehensive one – the only place in the world where you can sit and watch early hominids being excavated," the US paleoanthropologist said. "I think that will be a very special thing. These fossils of early humans are extraordinarily rare. They are some of the rarest sought after objects on earth."
"So they would not have needed this feature during birth. We’re not suggesting that the advantages of having these two features are incorrect, we’re just saying that these advantages did not apply as early as as our colleagues have suggested" Carlson said. The Mercury
"Results of the new study show that there is still no evidence for this kind of skull adaptation that evolved before Homo, nor is there evidence for a link between such skull characteristics and the proposed accompanying early prefrontal lobe expansion" Carlson said
"As they fuse, you will see evidence of this inside the bone; [on the skull of the Taung Child] there is no sign of fusion" said Dr Kristian Carlson, senior researcher at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits

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Taung child’s skull compared to human’s [Published John Hopkins Newsletter - Sep 07 2014]
Tourists to gain access to excavations for homi... [Published Guardian.co.uk - Sep 05 2014]
CT Scan Casts Doubt on Hominid Child’s Brain De... [Published Biotech Daily - Sep 02 2014]
Taung Child was not as advanced for his age as ... [Published Mail & Guardian Online - Aug 28 2014]
Skull spurs brain size debate [Published Daily News South Africa - Aug 27 2014]
Ancient skull’s new secret studied [Published IOL - Aug 27 2014]
Taung Child skull used to prove brain differenc... [Published ENCA - Aug 26 2014]
Taung, metopism, and hominin brain evolution [A... [Published PNAS - Aug 26 2014]
Three-million-year-old child skull had no soft ... [Published Citizen.co.za - Aug 26 2014]
August 25 - August 29 [Published PNAS - Aug 26 2014]
No ordinary toddler: Researchers find the young... [Published Mail Online UK - Aug 26 2014]
Taung Child: No ordinary toddler [Published Times Live South Africa - Aug 25 2014]
Three-million-year-old child skull had no soft ... [Published Business Recorder - Aug 25 2014]
CT scans show Australopithecus africanus not as... [Published Examiner.com - Aug 25 2014]
SA's Taung Child's skull and brain not human-li... [Published Press News.org - Aug 25 2014]
Ancient Ancestor's Brain Didn't Grow Like Moder... [Published LiveScience.com - Aug 25 2014]
Taung Child's skull and brain not human-like in... [Published PhysOrg.com - Aug 25 2014]
Faces of our 7-million-year old ancestors recre... [Published Topnews.in - Jan 07 2012]
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