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Response to Comment on “Human-like hand use in Australopithecus africanus

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Science  05 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6239, pp. 1101
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa8931

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Abstract

Almécija and colleagues claim that we apply a simplified understanding of bone functional adaptation and that our results of human-like hand use in Australopithecus africanus are not novel. We argue that our results speak to actual behavior, rather than potential behaviors, and our functional interpretation is well supported by our methodological approach, comparative sample, and previous experimental data.

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