Australopithecus africanus

Dublin Core

Title

Australopithecus africanus

Description

This juvenile skull was discovered by Raymond Dart in 1924
in Taung, South Africa. It is estimated to be between 3.0 and 2.3 million years old.

Fossil Item Type Metadata

Discoverer(s)

Raymond Dart

Type Specimen

Immature skull

Specimen Name/Nickname

"Taung Child"

Location (Country)

South Africa

Site (Name)

Taung

Discovery Date

October 1924

Specimen/Species Time Range

3.0-2.3 million years ago

Dating Method

Biostratigraphy

Specimen Data (Morphology)

More gracile then Au. afarensis, smaller canines, loss of the canine premolar complex, and the absence of a diastema and a shearing premolar. The face is moderately orthognathic and has a hypoplastic midface with a brain capacity of 450cc.

Files

taung child.jpg
Date Added
March 21, 2017
Item Type
Fossil
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Citation
“Australopithecus africanus,” Hominid Fossil Repository, accessed September 21, 2019, http://projects.leadr.msu.edu/hominidfossils/items/show/34.