General Information

Name: STS 5

Synonym Name(s): Mrs. Ples

First Description: Broom 1947

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Taxon: Australopithecus africanus

Sex: Male

Age Group: adult (20y or more)

 

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Preserved Skeletal Party: cranium/cranial fragment

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Dating Association: Relative Dating

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Bibliography: Broom 1947

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Linked Pages: South Africa - Australopithecus

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Additional Content

The exceptional well-preserved skull of an early man-ape which Robert Broom called Plesianthropus transvaalensis lived about two million years ago. Broom and Robinson concluded that it was the skull of a middleaged female, and since then STS 5 was known as Mrs. Ples: [STS 5] The species has subsequently been reclassified as Australopithecus africanus when the skull was positively recognized as belonging to the same species as the 'ape-child' skull discovered by Professor Raymond Dart at Taung in the northern Cape in 1924.
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