A proximal pedal phalanx of a Paleolithic hominin from denisova cave, Altai
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Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia
A pedal phalanx of Homo from the Paleolithic stratum 11 at Denisova Cave, Altai, is described. A manual phalanx, from which DNA of a hominin belonging to a hitherto unknown species was extracted, had been found in the same layer. The new specimen has been identifi ed as a left proximal phalanx of the fourth or fi fth pedal digit, apparently that of an adult. The bone is rather elongated and has a very robust and broad diaphysis. While being generally archaic in appearance, the specimen demonstrates certain traits that are intermediate between the Neanderthal and the early modern morphology. The dorso-proximal orientation of the metatarsal facet of the base indicates a peculiar gait, resembling race walking.
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Mednikova, M. B., "A proximal pedal phalanx of a Paleolithic hominin from denisova cave, Altai" (2011). KIP Articles. 6529.