Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

The Paleobiology of Australopithecus

Editors: Reed, Kaye, Fleagle, John G, Leakey, Richard E (Eds.)

  • Focuses on understanding the palaeoanthropology of a particular genus, Australopithecus
  • Synthesizes information on the genus Australopithecus
  • Discusses alpha taxonomy, adaptive radiations, adaptations, phylogeny, biogeography, and paleoecology of the various species ​
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About this book

Australopithecus species have been the topic of much debate in palaeoanthropology since Raymond Dart described the first species, Australopithecus africanus, in 1925. This volume synthesizes the geological and paleontological context of the species in East and South Africa; covers individual sites, such as Dikika, Hadar, Sterkfontein, and Malapa; debates the alpha taxonomy of some of the species; and addresses questions regarding the movements of the species across the continent. Additional chapters discuss the genus in terms of sexual dimorphism, diet reconstruction using microwear and isotopic methodologies, postural and locomotor behavior, and ontogeny. 

About the authors

Kaye Reed focuses on community ecology to understand the framework of Pliocene hominin evolution and the interactions of living primates. She is currently exploring how changing environments affect Australopithecus evolution in Ethiopia. She also conducts research in South Africa to understand hominin landscape use along the west coast.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction: Issues in the Life and Times of Australopithecus

    Reed, Kaye E.

    Pages 1-3

  • Age Ranges of Australopithecus Species, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania

    Brown, Francis H. (et al.)

    Pages 7-20

  • A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective on the Age of Australopithecus in Southern Africa

    Herries, Andy I. R. (et al.)

    Pages 21-40

  • Reconstructing the Habitats of Australopithecus: Paleoenvironments, Site Taphonomy, and Faunas

    Behrensmeyer, Anna K. (et al.)

    Pages 41-60

  • Australopithecus in Ethiopia

    Alemseged, Zeresenay

    Pages 63-71

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-5918-3
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8240-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Paleobiology of Australopithecus
Editors
  • Kaye Reed
  • John G Fleagle
  • Richard E Leakey
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5919-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5919-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5918-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8240-1
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 282
Number of Illustrations and Tables
23 b/w illustrations, 69 illustrations in colour
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