volume 371, issue 1698, P20150248 2016
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0248
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Abstract: One contribution of 17 to a discussion meeting issue 'Major transitions in human evolution'. Although the transition from Australopithecus to Homo is usually thought of as a momentous transformation, the fossil record bearing on the origin and earliest evolution of Homo is virtually undocumented. As a result, the poles of the transition are frequently attached to taxa (e.g. A. afarensis, at ca 3.0 Ma versus H. habilis or H. erectus, at ca 2.0-1.7 Ma) in which substantial adaptive differences have accumulated …

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