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Neanderthal axial and appendicular remains from Moula-Guercy, Ardèche, France

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  • Ben Mersey,

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    1. Human Evolution Research Center, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    2. Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    • Correspondence to: Ben Mersey, Human Evolution Research Center, University of California Berkeley, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, Berkeley, CA 94720-3160 USA. E-mail: bmersey@berkeley.edu

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  • Kyle Brudvik,

    1. Human Evolution Research Center, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    2. Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
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  • Michael T. Black,

    1. Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
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  • Alban Defleur

    1. CNRS UMR 5276, Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon, Ecole Normale Supérieur de Lyon, Allée d'Italie, 69364 Lyon Cedex 07, France
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ABSTRACT

Excavations carried out during the 1990s at Moula-Guercy cave Ardèche, France, yielded 108 hominid specimens dating to 100–120 Ka. In this paper, we describe and compare the 39 axial and appendicular specimens not including hand and foot bones. Among these remains are a large adult femur, several clavicles, a likely antimeric pair of radial heads, and a nearly complete superior pubic ramus. Analyses of this material indicate a clear affinity with Neanderthals by the presence of large and robust muscle attachments, thick long bone cortices, a long pubic ramus, and a superoinferiorly flattened clavicle shaft. The recovered remains reveal the presence of a mature male, a smaller mature individual, possibly a reproductive age female, an immature individual of age 10–12, and a second immature individual of age 4. Future analyses on the Moula-Guercy remains will illuminate ties to other known Neanderthal populations and contribute to the ongoing debate over the relative rate of Neanderthal metric growth. Am J Phys Anthropol 152:530–542, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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