Australopithecus Dart 1925 (australopithecine)

Mammalia - Primates - Hominidae

Synonyms: Paraustralopithecus Arambourg and Coppens 1967, Plesianthropus Broom 1938, Zinjanthropus Leakey 1959

Parent taxon: Hominini according to D. Strait et al. 2015

See also Andrews and Cronin 1982, Berger et al. 2010, Cameron 1997, Cela-Conde and Ayala 2003, Harrison 2010, McKenna and Bell 1997, Pilbeam et al. 1977 and White et al. 1994

Sister taxa: Ardipithecus, Homo, Panina, Sahelanthropus

Subtaxa: Australopithecus africanus Australopithecus anamensis Australopithecus deyiremeda Australopithecus garhi Australopithecus sediba

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Type: Australopithecus africanus

Ecology: ground dwelling omnivore


• Quaternary of Ethiopia (14 collections), Kenya (2), Tanzania (1)

• Pliocene to Pleistocene of Ethiopia (1), Kenya (1), South Africa (1)

• Pliocene of Chad (2), Ethiopia (8), Kenya (4), South Africa (4)

• Miocene to Pliocene of Kenya (2)

• Miocene to Pleistocene of Kenya (1)

Total: 41 collections each including a single occurrence

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