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Olduvai Gorge

Volume 2


Sir W. E. Le Gros Clark, F.R.S
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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521105194

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  • On 15 August 1959 Dr L. S. B. Leakey announced the discovery, in the lowest level of Olduvai Gorge, of a new and beautifully preserved fossil cranium of a hominid, which he tentatively named Zinjanthropus boisei. For this second volume, Professor Tobias has undertaken a definitive analysis of the cranium. This is a most comprehensive study to be made on a hominid skull belonging to the early and mid-Pleistocene group of australopithecines. The fossilised skull provides a wealth of information on taxonomic status, way of life and age at death. To evaluate Zinjanthropus fully, the author has reviewed in detail the cranial and dental anatomy of all australopithecines from Tanzania and South Africa and has placed on record much valuable information about the group as a whole.

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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521105194
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 280 x 210 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of text figures
    List of plates
    List of tables
    Introductory note
    Foreword Sir W. E. Le Gros Clark, F.R.S
    Editor's notes
    1. Introduction
    2. Preservation and reconstruction of the cranium
    3. The cranial vault
    4. The basis cranii externa
    5. Certain critical angles and indices of the cranium
    6. The interior of the calvaria
    7. The thickness of cranial bones
    8. The endocranial cast of Zinjanthropus
    9. Metrical characters of the calvaria as a whole
    10. The structure of the face
    11. The pneumatisation of the Zinjanthropus cranium
    12. The dental arcade and the palate
    13. The pattern of dental attrition and occlusion, with comments on enamel hypolasia
    14. The size of individual teeth, absolute and relative
    15. The size of the dentition as a whole
    16. The crown shape index of the teeth
    17. The morphology of the teeth
    18. Summary of cranial and dental features of Zinjanthropus
    19. The taxonomic status of Zinjanthropus and of the australopithecines in general
    20. The cultural and phylogenetic status of Australopithecus boisei and of the australopithecines in general

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    P. V. Tobias


    Sir W. E. Le Gros Clark, F.R.S

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