Evidence of a healed compression fracture in a Plio-Pleistocene hominid talus from Sterkfontein, South Africa


  • G. R. Fisk,

    1. Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge, England
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  • G. A. Macho

    1. Palaeo-Anthropology Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Medical School, 7 York Road, Parktown 2193, South Africa
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Palaeontology, Transvaal Museum, PO Box 413, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
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The object of this communication is to draw attention to the appearance of this fossil talus Stw 363, which carries a densely adherent fragment on its posterosuperior aspect. We have endeavoured to verify that this bony fragment could be the posterior half of the fractured calcaneus resulting from a fall on to the animal's left foot. Furthermore, it is suggested that this animal survived long enough for this fracture to unite by bone to the posterior aspect of the talus in this grossly displaced and unreduced deformity.