Craniodental remains of A. sediba

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Craniodental remains of A. sediba


Australopithecus sediba


Craniodental elements of A. sediba: cranial views "A" through "D" belong to the juvenile male holotype, MH1, and mandibular views "E" through "H" belonging to adult female, MH2. Scale bars are in centimeters.



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Lee Berger and team

Type Specimen


Specimen Name/Nickname

UW88-50 (elements "A" through "C" and element "H")
UW88-8 (elements "D" and "F")
UW88-54 (elements "E" and "G")

Location (Country)

Malapa, South Africa

Site (Name)

Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in the Malapa Cave system

Discovery Date

August 15, 2008

Specimen/Species Time Range

Between 1.977 and 1.98 million years ago

Dating Method

Paleomagnetism, stratigraphic analysis, and uranium-lead dating

Specimen Data (Morphology)

The reduced dentition of MH1 exhibits morphological traits of genus Homo, although the upper incisors (maxillary central incisor) are comparable to Au. robustus. With the single exception of TM 1512, the upper canine teeth (maxillary canines) are smaller and longer than the upper canines of A. africanus, while the mandibular canines are not proportional to A. africanus. Premolars and molars dimensions of MH1 range similarly to H. habilis–H. rudolfensis and H. erectus. As With the dentition of the juvenile holotype, though smaller, MH2 dental size and proportions resemble the genus Homo.


Craniodental remains ofA. sediba
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April 25, 2017
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