Paranthropus aethiopicus (KNM-WT 17000) Cast Replica Skull #BH-008 | Darwin and Wallace: A Nature & Fossil Store
Paranthropus aethiopicus (KNM-WT 17000) Cast Replica Skull #BH-008

Paranthropus aethiopicus (KNM-WT 17000) Cast Replica Skull #BH-008

Size: 9"L x 6"W x 4"H

-Species: Paranthropus aethiopicus

-Notes: This 2.5 million year old Paranthropus aethiopicus skull (KNM-WT 17000) was discovered by Alan Walker in 1985 on the west shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. It was described by Walker, Leakey, Harris and Brown in Nature in 1986. The skull is commonly referred to as the "Black Skull" due to its blue-black color. Although not considered on a direct line to humans, it gives insights into early hominid evolution. It shares many primitive features with A. afarensis (e.g., projecting face, small cranial capacity (410 cc)), as well as has features typical of australopithecine species (e.g., projecting face, large sagittal crest and jaws, and expanded cheek teeth). Given that it seems to fall between A. afarensis and P. boisei, it was given its own species name.

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