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Calvert, A., K. Flammer, A. Hayes, C. Ibarra, T. Lin, D. Lowen, M. Pevey,M. Thompson, S. Vivelo, B. Wheelis, & H. Gilbert. 2024. Species naming and current status of Paraustralopithecus aethiopicus. Accessed from the Human Fossil Record Database at on July 14, 2024 .

 Paraustralopithecus aethiopicus

 Australoithecus aethiopicus

Paraustralopithecus aethiopicus would be assigned to Australoithecus aethiopicus using the alpha taxonomy

Original diagnosis:"The essentials characteristics of this mandible are: its extreme robusticity; the thickness and low hight of the horizontal rami which diverge in a ?V?; the low symphysis, thick, curved and recedingl the very reduced planum alveolare, slightly inclined, and presence, immediately below this planum, of a profound geniglossal fossa provided with two foramina. Finally, the very wide digastric impressions occupy a frankly human position on the lingual face of the symphyseal region. The mental foramina occupy an eqyally human position approximately halfway up the corpus. ? it differs nevertheless distinctly from all, and especially from Paranthropous (or Zinjanthropus), in the more stocky, low, and relatively thick form of its horizontal rami, as well as in its low, convex and very receding symphysis. Finally it is distinguished also by the extreme reductions of its incisal region (more marked than in all other known forms), as well as of its premolars. Moreover, the reduction of the planum alveolare and its weak slope, which are the signs of a very weak freedom of the tongue, distinguish it from all the other australopithecines in evoking a structure which, in the other primates, is encountered to the same degree only in the Old World monkeys."

Date of Publication:  1968
Authors: Camille Arambourg, Yves Coppens
Holotype: OMO-18-(1967)-18
Citation: Arambourg, C. and Y. Coppens 1968. Découverte d’un australopithécien nouveau dans les gisements de l’Omo (Ethiopie). S Afr J Sci 64: 58-59.
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