Environment and Behavior of 2.5-Million-Year-Old Bouri Hominids

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Science  23 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5414, pp. 625-629
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5414.625

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The Hata Member of the Bouri Formation is defined for Pliocene sedimentary outcrops in the Middle Awash Valley, Ethiopia. The Hata Member is dated to 2.5 million years ago and has produced a new species of Australopithecus and hominid postcranial remains not currently assigned to species. Spatially associated zooarchaeological remains show that hominids acquired meat and marrow by 2.5 million years ago and that they are the near contemporary of Oldowan artifacts at nearby Gona. The combined evidence suggests that behavioral changes associated with lithic technology and enhanced carnivory may have been coincident with the emergence of the Homo clade fromAustralopithecus afarensis in eastern Africa.

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