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came common relatively late in human evolution. The author and her colWolpoff’s work indicated that the Krapina
league assessed the proportion of older (grandparent-aged) adults relative to
Neandertals died young. In 2005, a few years
younger adults in four groups of human ancestors—australopithecines, early
after I began researching the evolution of lonmembers of the genus Homo, Neandertals and early modern Europeans—and
gevity, I decided to take another look at this
found that the ratio increased only modestly over the course of human evolusample using a novel approach. I wanted to
tion until around 30,000 years ago, when it skyrocketed.
make sure that we were not missing older individuals as a result of the inherent limitations
of wear-based seriation. Working with Jakov
3 million years ago
Radovˇi´ of the Croatian Natural History Mucc
seum in Zagreb, Steven A. Goldstein, Jeffrey A.
Meganck and Dana L. Begun, all at Michigan,
and undergraduate students from Central
Michigan University, I developed a new nondestructive method—using high-resolution
three-dimensional microcomputed tomograEarly Homo
phy (µCT)—to reassess how old the Krapina individual...
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