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Measures of maturation in early fossil hominins: Events at the first transition from australopiths to early Homo

Dean, MC; (2016) Measures of maturation in early fossil hominins: Events at the first transition from australopiths to early Homo. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences , 371 (1698) 10.1098/rstb.2015.0234. Green open access

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Abstract

An important question in palaeoanthropology is whether, among the australopiths and the first fossil hominins attributed to early Homo, there was a shift towards a more prolonged period of growth that can be distinguished from that of the living great apes and whether between the end of weaning and the beginning of puberty there was a slow period of growth as there is in modern humans. Evidence for the pace of growth in early fossil hominins comes from preserved tooth microstructure. A record of incremental growth in enamel and dentine persists that allows us to reconstruct tooth growth and compare key measures of dental maturation with modern humans and living great apes. Despite their diverse diets and way of life it is currently difficult to identify any clear differences in the timing of dental development among living great apes, australopiths and the earliest hominins attributed to the genus Homo. There is, however, limited evidence that some early hominins may have attained a greater proportion of their body mass and stature relatively earlier in the growth period than is typical of modern humans today.

Type: Article
Title: Measures of maturation in early fossil hominins: Events at the first transition from australopiths to early Homo
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0234
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0234
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Hominin evolution; life history; dental development; incremental markings; enamel; dentine.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Cell and Developmental Biology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476015
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