KNM-ER 732 A

KNM-ER 732 A
Exhibit item
Site: 
Koobi Fora, Kenya
Date of discovery: 
1970
Discovered by: 
Richard Leakey and H. Mutua
Age: 
About 1.7 million years old
Species: 
Paranthropus boisei

KNM-ER 732, a partial cranium of a female Paranthropus boisei has many characteristic P. boisei features. Most notable is the forward placed root of the zygomatic arch, resulting in a wide flat face. This skull has a cranial capacity of 500 cubic centimeters, nearly identical to the 510 cubic centimeters of presumed male P. boisei KNM-ER 406.Yet the skull shows less robust facial features than KNM-ER 406; the face is less massive overall, and it lacks a sagittal crest.  From this scientists conclude that KNM-ER 732 represents a female of the Parathropus boisei species. Thus, this fossil provides clues as to the nature of sexual dimorphism in this early human species.

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