Australopithecus africanus

Its Phyletic Position Reconsidered
  • T. D. White
  • D. C. Johanson
  • W. H. Kimbel
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


In 1925 Dart proposed that his newly named genus Australopithecus was the ancestor of the genus Homo (Dart, 1925). Despite a recent rash of claims to the contrary based on misidentified fossils or erroneous dates (R. Leakey, 1970, 1973a, 1976a; Oxnard, 1975, 1979; M. Leakey, 1979), it has become increasingly evident that Dart was correct—Australopithecus was ancestral to Homo.


Early Hominid Fossil Hominid Lingual Cusp Olduvai Gorge Nasal Aperture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. D. White
    • 1
  • D. C. Johanson
    • 2
    • 3
  • W. H. Kimbel
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Human OriginsBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Laboratory of Physical AnthropologyCleveland Museum of Natural HistoryClevelandUSA
  4. 4.Departments of Anthropology and BiologyKent State UniversityKentUSA

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