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Title: Toothsome Research: Deducing the Diet of a Prehistoric Hominid
Description: Finite element model of a cranium of the early hominid Australopithecus africanus based largely on the specimen Sts 5 (background). Color mapping indicates the magnitude of strains associated with biting on a hard object with the premolar teeth. A combination of engineering, experimental, comparative and imaging analysis suggest that premolar loading was an important component of early hominin feeding behavior.
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Type: Graphic/scientific data
Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Strait, University of Albany, SUNY. Photograph of Sts 5 by Gerhard Weber
AV Number: 09MSEL005
Date Created: February 2009
Date Entered: 2/10/2009

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