Re: Who Killed the Australopithecines?

Fri, 7 Apr 1995 14:14:43 GMT

In article <>,
VITALE <> wrote:
>In article <>, (BARD) writes...
>> Everything being equal, they were better equipped to survive
>> than either ape or man; yet they perished... How and by whom?
>> Bard
>I'm very curious how how one could say that an Australopithecine was
>better equiped to survive in their environ. than a Homo Sapien.
>I think that natural selection speaks for it's self!!!


As in the case of A. robustus, natural selection
sometimes dead ends.

Further, A. africanus, for example, existed for over
a million years, 800,000 more than Homo sapiens
can thus far claim (1).

In total the Australopithecines may have flourished for over
4 million years and surely would've continued if it weren't for the
that which threatens all species-- man (or at least H. habilis, the
closest thing to man at the time).

BARD (new and improved)

(1). "The Human Career" Richard Klein, see data re. longevity
of Hominids.