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The evolutionary history of the human face

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Lacruz, Rodrigo S. and Stringer, Chris B. and Kimbel, William H. and Wood, Bernard and Harvati, Katerina and O’Higgins, Paul and Bromage, Timothy G. and Arsuaga, Juan Luis (2019) The evolutionary history of the human face. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 3 . pp. 726-736. ISSN 2397-334X

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Abstract

The face is the most distinctive feature used to identify others. Modern humans have a short, retracted face beneath a large globular braincase that is distinctively different from that of our closest living relatives. The face is a skeletal complex formed by 14 individual bones that houses parts of the digestive, respiratory, visual and olfactory systems. A key to understanding the origin and evolution of the human face is analysis of the faces of extinct taxa in the hominin clade over the last 6 million years. Yet, as new fossils are recovered and the number of hominin species grows, the question of how and when the modern human face originated remains unclear. By examining key features of the facial skeleton, here we evaluate the evolutionary history of the modern human face in the context of its development, morphology and function, and suggest that its appearance is the result of a combination of biomechanical, physiological and social influences.


Item Type:Article
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Paleontology
Medical sciences > Biology > Biological anthropology
ID Code:57946
Deposited On:27 Nov 2019 18:54
Last Modified:28 Nov 2019 08:48

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