A female Homo erectus pelvis from gona, Ethiopia

Scott W. Simpson, Jay Quade, Naomi E. Levin, Robert Butler, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Melanie Everett, Sileshi Semaw

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Analyses of the KNM-WT 15000 Homo erectus juvenile male partial skeleton from Kenya concluded that this species had a tall thin body shape due to specialized locomotor and climatic adaptations. Moreover, it was concluded that H. erectus pelves were obstetrically restricted to birthing a small-brained altricial neonate. Here we describe a nearly complete early Pleistocene adult female H. erectus pelvis from the Busidima Formation of Gona, Afar, Ethiopia. This obstetrically capacious pelvis demonstrates that pelvic shape in H. erectus was evolving in response to increasing fetal brain size. This pelvis indicates that neither adaptations to tropical environments nor endurance running were primary selective factors in determining pelvis morphology in H. erectus during the early Pleistocene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1089-1092
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume322
Issue number5904
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StatePublished - Nov 14 2008

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Simpson, S. W., Quade, J., Levin, N. E., Butler, R., Dupont-Nivet, G., Everett, M., & Semaw, S. (2008). A female Homo erectus pelvis from gona, Ethiopia. Science, 322(5904), 1089-1092. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1163592

A female Homo erectus pelvis from gona, Ethiopia. / Simpson, Scott W.; Quade, Jay; Levin, Naomi E.; Butler, Robert; Dupont-Nivet, Guillaume; Everett, Melanie; Semaw, Sileshi.

In: Science, Vol. 322, No. 5904, 14.11.2008, p. 1089-1092.

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Simpson, SW, Quade, J, Levin, NE, Butler, R, Dupont-Nivet, G, Everett, M & Semaw, S 2008, 'A female Homo erectus pelvis from gona, Ethiopia', Science, vol. 322, no. 5904, pp. 1089-1092. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1163592
Simpson SW, Quade J, Levin NE, Butler R, Dupont-Nivet G, Everett M et al. A female Homo erectus pelvis from gona, Ethiopia. Science. 2008 Nov 14;322(5904):1089-1092. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1163592
Simpson, Scott W. ; Quade, Jay ; Levin, Naomi E. ; Butler, Robert ; Dupont-Nivet, Guillaume ; Everett, Melanie ; Semaw, Sileshi. / A female Homo erectus pelvis from gona, Ethiopia. In: Science. 2008 ; Vol. 322, No. 5904. pp. 1089-1092.
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