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Earliest evidence of modern human life history in North African early Homo sapiens

Smith, Tanya M.; Tafforeau, Paul; Reid, Donald; Grun, Rainer; Eggins, Stephen; Boutakiout, Mohamed; Hublin, Jean-Jacques

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Recent developmental studies demonstrate that early fossil hominins possessed shorter growth periods than living humans, implying disparate life histories. Analyses of incremental features in teeth provide an accurate means of assessing the age at death of developing dentitions, facilitating direct comparisons with fossil and modern humans. It is currently unknown when and where the prolonged modern human developmental condition originated. Here, an application of x-ray synchrotron...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/35889
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0700747104

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