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If the results from application of this regression equation can be trusted, then they can be interpreted as follows: enhancement of transfer learning in Australopithecus and Paranthropus, two australopithecine genera, exceeded those for all extant primates but still lay close to those of present-day great apes.
deyiremeda might have been an ancestor of Homo, Paranthropus or Australopithecus africanus, a southern African hominid from roughly 3.
That means it is more likely that Paranthropus boisei was eating grasses and sedges -- about 77 percent of their diet was C4 plants such as grasses, ranging from a low of 61 percent to a high of 91 percent.
The 3-D designer based in Sinop, Brazil, has digitally reconstructed the faces of over 15 extinct hominid species, including Paranthropus boisei, a distant cousin to modern humans.
While the hominids from the genus Homo that evolved from australopithecines like the 3 million-year-old fossil Lucy-considered by many the matriarch of modern humans-were broadening their food choices, a short, upright hominid known as Paranthropus boisei that lived side by side with them in eastern Africa was diverging toward a more specific, C4 diet.
This certainly seems to accord with the pattern of distribution seen in the earliest African species of Homo, Australopithecus and Paranthropus (Turner & Wood 1993a).
A team led by paleoanthropologist Manuel Dominguez-Rodrigo of Coroplutense University of Madrid unearthed nine teeth and large parts of two arm bones and two leg bones from an adult male Paranthropus boisei.
The international team of researchers from institutions in the US, Italy and Spain, analyzed several auditory ossicles representing the early hominin species Paranthropus robustus and Australopithecus africanus.
The latest research, by an international team of researchers including Professor Francis Thackeray, Director of the Institute for Human Evolution at Wits University, sheds more light on the diet and home ranges of early hominins belonging to three different genera - Australopithecus, Paranthropus and Homo.
For now, it's uncertain just how these hominids walked and whether they belonged to Homo erectus, a possibly direct human ancestor, or to the side-branch species Paranthropus boisei.
In East Africa, Louis Leakey excavates the skull of the oldest known hominid at the time, Zinjanthropus boisei, now called Paranthropus boisei (12/5/59, p.
While some early hominids sported powerful jaws and large molars - including Paranthropus boisei, dubbed "Nutcracker Man" - they may have cracked nuts rarely if at all, said University of Colorado Boulder anthropology Professor Matt Sponheimer, study co-author.