November 1974 von Donald Johanson in Hadar entdeckt und benannt nach dem Beatles-Song „Lucy in the sky with diamonds“, der am Tage der Entdeckung im Forschercamp mehrfach vom Tonband abgespielt wurde. Möglicherweise zog A. afarensis also Pflanzenteile zwischen den Zähnen hindurch.“[37] 2013 erbrachte eine Isotopenanalyse der Zähne von 20 Funden aus Hadar and Dikika, dass Australopithecus afarensis – im Unterschied zu Australopithecus anamensis, der sich vor allem von weicheren C3-Pflanzen ernährte – einen hohen Anteil von Gräsern und anderen C4-Pflanzen konsumierte.[38]. [55] A. afarensis is typically reconstructed with high levels of sexual dimorphism, with males much larger than females. The specimen's unusually small body size has raised issues of allometry. afarensis is far more than expected for a single hominid specie The hominids from Laetoli and Hadar are classified by most researchers as: A) Australopithecus Robustus B) Australopithecus Bosei C) Australopithecus afarensis D) Australopithicus Africanus. [28], Das Becken von Australopithecus afarensis weist „die stärksten morphologischen Umgestaltungen im Zusammenhang mit der Aufrichtung und der bipeden Fortbewegungsweise auf.“[22] Zur gezielten Suche nach Indizien für den aufrechten Gang hatten anfangs vor allem die beiden ersten in Hadar entdeckten homininen Fossilien AL 129-1a und AL 129-1b beigetragen: ein Kniegelenk, bestehend aus den einander zugehörigen Fragmenten eines Oberschenkelknochens und eines Schienbeins. [1] afarensis. [19], In 1996, a 3.6 million year old jaw from Koro Toro, Chad, originally classified as A. afarensis was split off into a new species as A. Die Kanten der Schneidezähne zeigen bei genauer Untersuchung Streifen von vorn nach hinten. Although speci-mens now attributed to the species had resided in fossil collections since the 1930s, the bulk of the sample was amassed during field work in the 1970s at two sites, Hadar, Ethiopia, and Laetoli, Tanzania. garhi. [32], A. afarensis specimens apparently exhibit a wide range of variation, which is generally explained as marked sexual dimorphism with males much bigger than females. Lucy ist das bekannteste Fossil von Australopithecus afarensis. Die fossilen Skelette haben teils affen-ähnliche, teils menschen-ähnliche Merkmale. Im Unterschied zu DIK 1-1 und der nur knapp über einen Meter großen Lucy steht das 2010 von Yohannes Haile-Selassie wissenschaftlich beschriebenes, 3,58 Millionen Jahre altes Skelett KSD-VP-1/1 von der Fundstelle Woranso-Mille (Afar-Dreieck, Äthiopien) für ein möglicherweise fast zwei Meter großes, ausgewachsenes Individuum. Es wurde am 24. Australopithecus is considered a grade taxon whose members are united by their similar physiology rather than close relations with each other over other hominin genera. [4]:471–472 In 1976, Leakey and colleagues discovered fossil trackways, and preliminarily classified Laetoli remains into Homo spp., attributing Australopithecus-like traits as evidence of them being transitional fossils. Like humans, the series has a bulge and achieves maximum girth at C5 and 6, which in humans is associated with the brachial plexus, responsible for nerves and muscle innervation in the arms and hands. Smaller teeth and brains, and do not have a sagittal crest . Laetoli, site of paleoanthropological excavations in northern Tanzania about 40 km (25 miles) from Olduvai Gorge, another major site. INTRODUCTION. Erster Entdecker eines Fossils von Australopithecus afarensis war Ludwig Kohl-Larsen. Ihr Alter wurde – wie das von Lucy – auf 3,2 Millionen Jahre datiert. [43] Juvenile modern humans have a somewhat similar configuration, but this changes to the normal human condition with age; such a change does not appear to have occurred in A. afarensis development. Fossilien von der Fundstätte Maka (sie liegt wie Hadar im Afar-Dreieck) sind 3,75 bis 3,4 Millionen Jahre alt. G1 is a trail consisting of 4 cycles likely made by a child. Aufgrund der relativ zahlreichen Funde von afarensis-Fossilien aus unterschiedlichen Grabungsstellen besteht in Fachkreisen – im Unterschied zu anderen Australopithecus-Arten – seit geraumer Zeit „Konsens darüber, daß es sich um eine eigenständige frühe Homininen-Form handelt, die durch eine Reihe ursprünglicher Schädel- und Zahnmerkmale gegenüber anderen Australopithecinen-Taxa gekennzeichnet ist“. This would be a non-rotational birth, as opposed to a fully rotational birth in humans. afarensis, making it the specimen that officially represents the species and to which other potential Au. Compared to Lucy and other females, AL 444-2 is much larger, making researches believe it was a male. On the basis of conventional and synchrotron high-resolution computed tomography (CT) scans of original fossils from the Ethiopian sites Dikika and Hadar, we … ", "Homeotic Evolution in the Mammalia: Diversification of Therian Axial Seriation and the Morphogenetic Basis of Human Origins", "Diet and the evolution of the earliest human ancestors", "A volumetric technique for fossil body mass estimation applied to, "New footprints from Laetoli (Tanzania) provide evidence for marked body size variation in early hominins", "Thoracic Vertebral Count and Thoracolumbar Transition in, "Like Father, Like Son: Assessment of the Morphological Affinities of A.L. Similarly, A. afarensis appears to have inhabited a wide range of habitats with no real preference, inhabiting open grasslands or woodlands, shrublands, and lake- or riverside forests. ausgesprochen píthēkos („Affe“). Au. LH 4 – a lower jaw discovered in 1974 by Mary Leakey’s team in Laetoli, Tanzania. managed to achieve their monumental study in a mere 254 pages. Australopithecus afarensis, or the “southern ape from Afar,” is a well-known species due to the famous “Lucy” specimen.It has been extensively studied by numerous famous paleoanthropologists. [59], The Laetoli fossil trackway, generally attributed to A. afarensis, indicates a rather developed grade of bipedal locomotion, more efficient than the bent-hip–bent-knee (BHBK) gait used by non-human great apes (though earlier interpretations of the gait include a BHBK posture or a shuffling movement). Australopithecus ist ein Kunstwort. [60] In 2014, two more trackways were discovered made by one individual, named S1, extending for a total of 32 m (105 ft). Trail A consists of short, broad prints resembling those of a 2 and a half year old child, though it has been suggested this trail was made by the extinct bear Agriotherium africanus. Australopithecus afarensis "Lucy", a specimen found at Hadar in Ethiopia . [3] Dies führte zu einem lang andauernden Zerwürfnis mit Mary Leakey und Richard Leakey, die nicht damit einverstanden waren, dass Johanson eine solche mündliche Bekanntmachung vor der Veröffentlichung in einer Fachzeitschrift gemacht hatte. [16] Es wird von seinem Entdecker auch Selam („Friede“) genannt. Some footprints of S1 either indicate asymmetrical walking where weight was sometimes placed on the anterolateral part (the side of the front half of the foot) before toe-off, or sometimes the upper body was rotated mid-step. Low dimorphism could also be interpreted as having had a monogamous society with strong male–male competition. Pelvic inlet size may not have been due to fetal head size (which would have increased birth canal and thus pelvic inlet width) as an A. afarensis newborn would have had a similar or smaller head size compared to that of a newborn chimp. From the specimen AL 444-2, discovered at Hadar by Yoel Rak in 1992, more features of Au. 333-106 lack evidence of this feature. Das hohe Alter des Oberkieferfragments, das in einem Sandsteinblock des Garusi-Tals verbacken war, hatte er jedoch bereits erkannt. The dentition of LH 4 is an excellent example of shared primitive and derived characteristics. A perceived difference in male and female size may simply be sampling bias. [11] Likewise, the animal assemblage varied widely from site to site. Das Epitheton afarensis verweist auf den Fundort zahlreicher Fossilien in der äthiopischen Afar-Region; Australopithecus afarensis bedeutet folglich sinngemäß „südlicher Affe aus Afar“. afarensis fossils need to be compared. Lucy measured perhaps 105 cm (3 ft 5 in) in height and 25–37 kg (55–82 lb), but she was rather small for her species. [7] Als Holotypus von Australopithecus afarensis wurde ein 3,6 bis 3,8 Millionen Jahre alter Unterkiefer (Archivnummer LH 4 = Laetoli Hominid 4) ausgewählt; dieses Fossil war 1974 von Maundu Muluila, einem Mitarbeiter von Mary Leakey, in Laetoli (Tansania) gefunden, aber zunächst keiner bestimmten Art zugeordnet worden. This would mean that, like chimps, they often inhabited areas with an average diurnal temperature of 25 °C (77 °F), dropping to 10 or 5 °C (50 or 41 °F) at night. Though brain growth was prolonged, the duration was nonetheless much shorter than modern humans, which is why the adult A. afarensis brain was so much smaller. Despite being much smaller, Lucy's pelvic inlet is 132 mm (5.2 in) wide, about the same breadth as that of a modern human woman. [42], The shoulder joint is somewhat in a shrugging position, closer to the head, like in non-human apes. from Laetoli and Hadar Several hundred specimens representing 60 Der aufrechte Gang von Australopithecus afarensis ist ferner durch fossile Fußspuren belegt, die ein Mitarbeiter von Mary Leakey in der zu Gestein gewordenen vulkanischen Asche von Laetoli in Tansania fand. Die Artenzusammensetzung ist demnach „typisch für Mosaiklandschaften mit Grasflächen, Gehölzen sowie geschlossenen Busch- und Baumbeständen an Wasserläufen und in Gebirgstälern.“[36] Die Region von Hadar war zur Zeit des Australopithecus afarensis – in einer Höhe von 2400 Metern – deutlich kühler als in Laetoli und wies vermutlich auch Wälder auf. This would suggest the presence of laryngeal air sacs characteristic of non-human African apes (and large gibbons). This fossil is the type specimen’or official representative of this species. A knee joint. afarensis extends over 1,600 km from the site of Hadar in the Afar Depression of Ethiopia to the Laetoli site in Tanzania (see Figure 11.3). [36], For the five makers of the Laetoli fossil trackways (S1, S2, G1, G2, and G3), based on the relationship between footprint length and bodily dimensions in modern humans, S1 was estimated to have been considerably large at about 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) tall and 45 kg (99 lb) in weight, S2 145 cm (4 ft 9 in) and 39.5 kg (87 lb), G1 114 cm (3 ft 9 in) and 30 kg (66 lb), G2 142 cm (4 ft 8 in) and 39 kg (86 lb), and G3 132 cm (4 ft 4 in) and 35 kg (77 lb). KEY WORDS Pliocene Hominidae, Hadar, Laetoli ABSTRACT Australopithecus afarensis Johanson in Hinrichsen (New Sci. However, the lack of fossil evidence from the time between 3.6 and 3.9 Ma has been one of its weakest points. [38], It was previously thought that the australopithecines' spine was more like that of non-human apes than humans, with weak neck vertebrae. Australopithecus afarensis ist eine Art der ausgestorbenen Gattung Australopithecus. Zum anderen weisen die Datierungsmethoden zwar ein bestimmtes Alter aus, dies jedoch mit einer erheblichen Ungenauigkeit; diese Ungenauigkeit bildet dann die äußeren Grenzen bei den „von … bis“-Angaben für Lebenszeiten. Die Bezeichnung der Gattung ist abgeleitet von lat. [1], Die verwandtschaftliche Nähe zu den Arten der Gattung Homo ist ungeklärt. [30] The molars of australopiths are generally large and flat with thick enamel, which is ideal for crushing hard and brittle foods. If correct, this would make it the oldest evidence of sharp-edged stone tool use at 3.4 million years old, and would be attributable to A. afarensis as it is the only species known within the time and place. Overall, the balance of the evidence at present indicates that the fossils from Laetoli and Hadar represent a single hominid species,A. [39][15]:63–111 However, this could have been involved in head stability or posture rather than dexterity. [8][7] In 2003, Spanish writer Camilo José Cela Conde and evolutionary biologist Francisco J. Ayala proposed reinstating "Praeanthropus" including A. afarensis alongside Sahelanthropus, A. anamensis, A. bahrelghazali, and A. [15]:162–163, In 2016, palaeoanthropologist John Kappelman argued that the fracturing exhibited by Lucy was consistent with a proximal humerus fracture, which is most often caused by falling in humans. Die mikroskopische Untersuchung zeigt, daß zu Lebzeiten Zähne abgebrochen sind, vermutlich durch das Beißen auf Nüsse und andere kleine harte Gegenstände. Das Gehirnvolumen kann aufgrund der wenigen hinreichend zuverlässig rekonstruierbaren Schädelfunde nur annähernd abgeschätzt werden; demnach liegt der Durchschnittswert bei 446 Kubikzentimetern,[23] die Variationsbreite reicht von knapp über 300 bis 530 Kubikzentimeter beim bislang größten Schädel AL 444-2, einem Fund von Yoel Rak in Hadar. [46] Die Bedeutung des Garusi-Oberkiefers lag trotz der ausgebliebenen Artbeschreibung vor allem in der Erkenntnis, dass Australopithecinen diesem Fund zufolge nicht nur auf Südafrika beschränkt sein konnten, da es der forschungsgeschichtlich erste Fund dieser Hominini-Gruppe in Ostafrika war. Principal results presented are the age of specimens assigned to these taxa that derive from sedimentary formations of the Omo Group in the Omo-Turkana Basin of Kenya and Ethiopia. The holotype comes from Laetoli. Beginning in 1974, Mary Leakey led an expedition into Laetoli, Tanzania, and notably recovered fossil trackways. The postcranial skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis from the Hadar Formation, Ethiopia, and the footprints from the Laetoli Beds of northern Tanzania, are analyzed with the goal of determining (1) the extent to which this ancient hominid practiced forms of locomotion other than terrestrial bipeda …. [2]:5 In 1973, the IARE team unearthed the first knee joint, AL 129-1, and showed the earliest example at the time of bipedalism. However, this is much debated, as tree-climbing adaptations could simply be basal traits inherited from the great ape last common ancestor in the absence of major selective pressures at this stage to adopt a more humanlike arm anatomy. [26], Die detaillierte Analyse des rechten Schulterblattes von DIK 1-1 ergab ebenfalls, dass dieses Individuum noch häufig mit nach oben, über den Kopf hinweg gestreckten Armen gehangelt hat. Early hominins may have fallen prey to the large carnivores of the time, such as big cats and hyenas. [33] Die Rekonstruktion der Körpergröße ist allerdings umstritten.[34]. This could perhaps speak to advanced motor functions in the hands of A. afarensis and competency at precision tasks compared to non-human apes, possibly implicated in stone tool use or production. This yielded 151 cm (4 ft 11 in) for a presumed male (AL 333-3), whereas Lucy was 105 cm (3 ft 5 in). The species survived for over a million years in the changing East African landscape, covering a broad geographic range. Most studies report ranges within 25–37 kg (55–82 lb). Dated to between about 3.8 and 2.9 mya, 90 percent of the fossils assigned to Au. [41] Später wurde in der Kohl-Larsen-Sammlung der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen – heute Teilsammlung des Museums der Universität Tübingen (MUT) – noch ein Eckzahn als hominin identifiziert (Garusi 4). 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Donald Johanson, der zu einem Vortrag eingeladen worden war, beschrieb detailliert das Fossil Lucy und die bis dahin bekannten Funde und kündigte die baldige schriftliche Erstbeschreibung der neuen Art anhand des Holotypus LH 4 an. Ferner ist im Oberkiefer „meistens ein Diastema angelegt, jedoch ist die Abkauung des Oberkiefereckzahns bereits hominin.“ Der Schädel hat keine Stirn. The skull KNM-ER 1470 (now H. rudolfensis) was at first dated to 2.9 million years ago, which cast doubt on the ancestral position of both A. afarensis or A. africanus, but it has since been re-dated to about 2 million years ago. Recent fieldwork in the Woranso-Mille study area in the Afar region of … Demnach dienten vor allem die vorderen Zähne zum Zerkleinern der Nahrung [...]. However, unlike gorillas, the strength of the sagittal and nuchal crests (which support the temporalis muscle used in biting) do not vary between sexes. 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