Further evidence for eagle predation of, and feeding damage on, the Taung child.

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dc.contributor.author Berger, L.R.
dc.contributor.author McGraw, W.S.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-09T13:20:35Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-09T13:20:35Z
dc.date.issued 2007-11
dc.identifier.citation Berger, L.R.and McGraw, W.S. 2007. Further evidence for eagle predation of, and feeding damage on, the Taung child. South African Journal of Science 103 (11/12), pp. 496-498. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn 1996-7489 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/21436
dc.description.abstract We present new evidence supporting the hypothesis that a large raptor was responsible for the death of the c. 2.0-Myr-old Taung child, holotype of the early hominin species Australopithecus africanus. We compare the Taung child's skull with those of monkeys killed and eaten by modern crowned eagles, Stephanoaetus coronatus, in the Ivory Coast's Tai Forest. Close inspection of primate feeding remains from these large, powerful raptors reveals scratch marks in the orbital, frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital regions. Scratches similar in size and distribution are also present on the Taung child's skull. The new taphonomic evidence, combined with previously recognized similarities in breakage patterns and other assemblage characteristics, bolsters the case that a large bird of prey was responsible for the death of the juvenile hominin from Taung. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher ASSAf en_ZA
dc.subject feeding behavior en_ZA
dc.subject predation en_ZA
dc.subject primate en_ZA
dc.subject raptor en_ZA
dc.subject taphonomy en_ZA
dc.title Further evidence for eagle predation of, and feeding damage on, the Taung child. en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 103 en_ZA
dc.journal.title South African Journal of Science en_ZA
dc.description.librarian NCS2016 en_ZA
dc.citation.epage 498 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 11/12 en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 496 en_ZA


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