Australopithecus/Paranthropus boisei

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Name:                                Australopithecus boisei or Australopithecus boisei

Other names:                 Zinjanthropus; Nutcracker Man

Age:                                   2.3 – 1.2 million years ago

Height:                              Males 1.37 m (4′ 6″); Females 1.24 m (4′ 1″)

Weight:                             Males 49 kg (108 lbs); Females 34 kg (75 lbs)

Brain Size:                       500 – 545 cc

Description:                    Big teeth, large chewing muscles. There were possibly two                                                           species.

Diet:                                    Fruit, plants, nuts, plant roots

Culture:                             Lived close to water. Lots of debate as to the culture and living                                                   habitat as so little is known. Believed to have had no                                                                    descendants.

Tool Culture:                  –

Date Discovered:           1959

Area Discovered:           Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, Africa

Who Discovered:           Mary leaky


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