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Paranthropus boisei (Zinjanthropus) cranium (OH5)

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Paranthropus boisei (Zinjanthropus) cranium (OH5)

Cast of the cranium of a young male of Paranthropus boisei discovered by Mary Leakey in 1959 at Olduvai Gorge. The specimen which is the Holotype of Zinjanthropus boisei (Leakey 1959) dates back 1.8 million years

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Anthropological Anthropology Australopithecine Bone Cranium Fossil Fossilised Gorge Holotype Hominini Jaw Bone Jawbone Leakey Mandible Olduvai Paranthropus Robust Australopithecine Skull Tanzania Paranthropus Boisei


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In this photograph, the cranium of a young male Paranthropus boisei, also known as Zinjanthropus boisei, is showcased in a museum display. Discovered by the renowned paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey in 1959 at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, this fossilized cranium is a significant find in the field of anthropology and human evolution. With an age of approximately 1.8 million years, this specimen is considered the holotype of Paranthropus boisei, a robust australopithecine that lived in East Africa during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs. The Paranthropus boisei cranium, represented here by a cast, is characterized by its large brow ridges, thick skull, and pronounced cranial capacity, which is larger than that of other early hominins of the same age. The presence of these features suggests that this species may have been adapted to a more terrestrial lifestyle and a diet that included harder foods, such as nuts and roots. Mary Leakey's groundbreaking discovery of the Zinjanthropus boisei cranium, along with the associated mandible (OH-5), provided crucial evidence for the existence of multiple hominin lineages coexisting during the Pleistocene. This discovery challenged the then-prevailing theory that only one hominin species existed during this time and paved the way for a more nuanced understanding of human evolution. The cranium in this photograph is a testament to the rich fossil record of Olduvai Gorge and the invaluable contributions of Mary Leakey and other pioneering anthropologists in unraveling the mysteries of our ancestral past.

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