Comment on "Human-like hand use in Australopithecus africanus"

Sergio Almécija, Ian J. Wallace, Stefan Judex, David M. Alba, Salvador Moyà-Solà

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Abstract

Skinner and colleagues (Research Article, 23 January 2015, p. 395), based on metacarpal trabecular bone structure, argue that Australopithecus africanus employed human-like dexterity for stone tool making and use 3 million years ago. However, their evolutionary and biological assumptions are misinformed, failing to refute the previously existing hypothesis that human-like manipulation preceded systematized stone tool manufacture, as indicated by the fossil record.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1101a
JournalScience
Volume348
Issue number6239
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2015

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