The Australopithecine Face

The Australopithecine Face

1st Edition - January 28, 1983
  • Author: Yoel Rak
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483219806

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Description

The Australopithecine Face provides an introduction to the interpretation of the facial skeleton of Australopithecus, a part of the anatomy well represented in the African collections. This book presents important morphological differences between the early hominid taxa and interprets them in a biochemical, functional, evolutionary framework. Organized into seven chapters, this book begins with an overview of the description of the face of the four species of Australopithecus, extending to comparisons both within the genus and with other primates. This text then provides an analysis of the facial morphology of Australopithecus in terms of structural significance. Other chapters consider the taxonomic and phylogenetic status of the australopithecine species in light of the description and comparison. This book discusses as well the changes in the morphology and topography of the facial mask. The final chapter deals with the phylogenetic assignment of the different species. This book is a valuable resource for anthropologists.

Table of Contents


  • Foreword

    Acknowledgments

    One Introduction

    The Robust Australopithecine Face: A Review

    Object of the Study

    Introduction to the Face

    Definition of the Face

    Taxonomy

    Two Australopithecus africanus

    Frontal View

    Lateral View

    Superior View

    Basal View

    Summary of the Major Facial Features

    Three Australopithecus robustus

    Frontal View

    Lateral View

    Superior View

    Basal View

    Summary of the Major Facial Features

    Fou Australopithecus boisei

    Frontal View

    Lateral View

    Superior View

    Basal View

    Summary of the Major Facial Features

    Five Australopithecus afarensis

    Frontal View

    Lateral View

    Basal View

    Summary of the Major Facial Features

    Six The Structural Significance of the Facial Morphology and Topography of the Australopithecines

    The Molarization of the Premolars and the Formation of the Anterior Pillars

    The Formation of the Nasoalveolar Triangular Frame in the Face of Australopithecus africanus

    The Retraction of the Palate and the Advancement of the Peripheral Face: Metric Evidence

    Topographic and Morphological Manifestations of the Shifting of the Palate and of the Peripheral Face

    The Visor under Masseteric Pressure and Its Effect on the Morphology of the Face and Skull

    The Effect of the Size of the Temporalis Muscle and Its Advancement on the Morphology of the Face

    The Face as a Whole: The Outline of the Facial Mask and Its Proportions

    Summary

    Seven Conclusions: Taxonomy and Phylogeny of the Australopithecines

    References

    Index

    Plates follow page

    Figures begin on page

Product details

  • No. of pages: 186
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: January 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483219806

About the Author

Yoel Rak