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The Olduvai Giant Hominid Tooth

Abstract

THE giant molar tooth found by Dr. L. S. B. Leakey1 in Bed II at Olduvai Gorge in Tanganyika was reported by him1,2 to be a lower deciduous second molar of a hominid, possibly related to Sinanthropus and Homo heidelbergensis. This interpretation has been questioned by a number of workers including G. H. R. von Koenigswald3 of Utrecht and John T. Robinson4 of Pretoria, who conclude that the tooth is rather a permanent upper molar, probably Australopithecine.

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DAHLBERG, A. The Olduvai Giant Hominid Tooth. Nature 188, 962 (1960). https://doi.org/10.1038/188962a0

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