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support for an "aquatic ape hypothesis"

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  • Marc Verhaegen
    Human consumption of turtles of the Homo rudolfensis site Uraha (Malawi, East Africa) HANS-VOLKER KARL 2012 Archaeofauna 21:267-279 A survey is given of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 20, 2012
      Human consumption of turtles of the Homo rudolfensis site Uraha (Malawi,
      East Africa)
      HANS-VOLKER KARL 2012 Archaeofauna 21:267-279

      A survey is given of the hitherto known turtle taxa from the
      Plio-Pleistocene of the Chiwondo Beds in Malawi.
      The paper includes new materials from these beds of Uraha (Karonga
      District, N-Malawi), collected by the Hominid Corridor Research Project
      HCRP.
      The following spp are discovered:
      - Pelomedusa subrufa,
      - Pelusios sinuatus,
      - Cyclanorbis senegalensis &
      - Cycloderma frenatum
      all from the deposits which yielded Homo rudolfensis.

      In the collection of fossils from this site also include 2 fragments of
      clavicular plates of great catfishes (Siluroidea: Clariidae) which
      remarkably resemble each other in the fragmented form, although they
      belong to evidently different individuals.
      The flat-shaped bones originate from the thickened joint area of the
      pectoral fin sting & the adjoining flat pectoral area.
      This combines with damages of an otherwise complete turtle shell by early
      humans.

      This evidence of consumption of aquatic animals could support an "aquatic
      ape hypothesis" in the sense of Morgan (1997), Verhaegen (2000) & Niemitz
      (2006, 2010).



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