© 2013

The Paleobiology of Australopithecus

  • Kaye E. Reed
  • John G. Fleagle
  • Richard E. Leakey

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Geological and Paleontological Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-6
    2. Francis H. Brown, Ian McDougall, Patrick N. Gathogo
      Pages 7-20
    3. Andy I. R. Herries, Robyn Pickering, Justin W. Adams, Darren Curnoe, Ginette Warr, Alf G. Latham et al.
      Pages 21-40
  3. Sites and Species

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-62
    2. Zeresenay Alemseged
      Pages 63-71
    3. Frederick E. Grine
      Pages 73-104
    4. Darryl J. de Ruiter, Steven E. Churchill, Lee R. Berger
      Pages 147-160
  4. Biogeography

  5. Paleobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-194
    2. Frederick E. Grine, Peter S. Ungar, Mark F. Teaford, Sireen El-Zaatari
      Pages 213-223
    3. Matt Sponheimer
      Pages 225-233

About this book


Australopithecus species have been the topic of much debate in palaeoanthropology since Raymond Dart described the first species, Australopithecus africanus, in 1925.  This volume synthesizes the geological and paleontological context of the species in East and South Africa, covers individual sites, such as Dikika, Hadar, Sterkfontein, and Malapa, debates the alpha taxonomy of some of the species, and addresses questions of the movements of the species across the continent.  Additional chapters discuss the genus in terms of sexual dimorphism, diet reconstruction – using microwear and isotopic methodologies, postural and locomotor behavior, and ontogeny.


Australopithecus Australopithecus morphology Australopithecus ontogeny Australopithecus paleoecology Early hominin evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Kaye E. Reed
    • 1
  • John G. Fleagle
    • 2
  • Richard E. Leakey
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Human OriginsArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anatomical SciencesStony Brook University Medical CenterStony BrookUSA
  3. 3.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

About the editors

Kaye Reed focuses on community ecology to understand the framework of Pliocene hominin evolution and the interactions of living primates. She is currently exploring how changing environments affect Australopithecus evolution in Ethiopia. She also conducts research in South Africa to understand hominin landscape use along the west coast.

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