Image: Australopithecus afarensis hand bones cast

Australopithecus afarensis hand bones cast

This cast of an Australopithecus afarensis hand shows the characteristic long, curved finger bones. These are more like the hands of living apes than they are modern human hands. The cross section of the finger bones is also squarish, indicating either a partly arboreal lifestyle or that this is a primitive feature retained after they moved into a more terrestrial lifestyle.

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Ondine Evans - 10.05 AM, 12 May 2010

Hi @salva - please use our Image or content enquiry form to put in an image use request - this makes sure your request goes to the right person!

salva - 12.05 AM, 11 May 2010
Hello, I'm doing my doctoral thesis about human hand modeling. Can I put this photo with your permision in my section human hand evolution? Many thanks

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