Australopithecus africanus

Australopithecus africanus Taung Child ©Wiki Commons
Australopithecus africanus Taung Child
©Wiki Commons

Name:                                Australopithecus africanus

Other names:                 Tuang Baby; Mrs. Ples

Age:                                    3.3 – 2.1 million years ago

Height:                              1.1 – 1.4m tall (3½ – 5 foot)

Weight:                             Males 41 kg (90 lbs); Females 30 kg (66 lbs)

Brain Size:                       420 – 550 cc

Description:                    Long arms, small teeth, walked upright, could still climb fairly                                                     well.

Diet:                                    Fruit, plants, nuts, seeds, roots, eggs, and insects


Tool Culture:                  None known

Date Discovered:           1924

Area Discovered:           Sterkfontein, South Africa

Who Discovered:           Prof. Raymond Dart


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