The Postcranial Anatomy of Australopithecus afarensis

New Insights from KSD-VP-1/1

  • Yohannes Haile-Selassie
  • Denise F. Su

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Beverly Z. Saylor, Mulugeta Alene, Alan Deino, Luis Gibert, Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Stephanie M. Melillo et al.
    Pages 13-23
  3. Marc R. Meyer
    Pages 63-111
  4. Stephanie M. Melillo
    Pages 113-141
  5. Bruce M. Latimer, C. Owen Lovejoy, Linda Spurlock, Yohannes Haile-Selassie
    Pages 143-153
  6. C. Owen Lovejoy, Bruce M. Latimer, Linda Spurlock, Yohannes Haile-Selassie
    Pages 155-178
  7. Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Bruce Latimer, C. Owen Lovejoy, Stephanie M. Melillo, Marc R. Meyer
    Pages 179-187
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 189-191

About this book


This volume describes a 3.6 million-years-old partial skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis from the Woranso-Mille, central Afar, Ethiopia. This specimen is the first adult partial skeleton to be recovered since Lucy’s (A.L. 288-1) discovery in 1974. It is older than Lucy by 400,000 years and sheds light on the paleobiology of earlyAustralopithecus afarensis, particularly the morphology of the shoulder girdle and thoracic shape, which are thus far poorly understood and actively debated. The fauna associated with the partial skeleton tells us enormously about Au. afarensis paleoecology and give us another piece of the puzzle regarding habitat availability and use for Au. afarensis outside the Hadar region where it has been well-known for the last four decades.


Australopithecus afarensis Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia paleobiology paleoecology bipedality

Editors and affiliations

  • Yohannes Haile-Selassie
    • 1
  • Denise F. Su
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept Physical AnthropologyCleveland Museum of Natural HistoryClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryClevelandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-7427-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-7429-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series Online ISSN 1877-9085
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