Re: AL 288-1 bicond.angle?

Alex Duncan (
6 Jul 1995 18:53:33 GMT

In article <> Gerrit Hanenburg, writes:
>I know of two accurate measurements of the bicondylar angle in
>A.afarensis: AL 129-1a(15 dgs) and AL 333-4(9 dgs).
>So far I have not been able to find data about this angle in AL 288-1("Lucy").
>The AL 288-1 distal femur seems somewhat deformed(postmortem?)
>so a good measurement may not be possible.
>I would like to know if there is a measurement or a reasonable
>estimate of the bicondylar angle in this specimen.
>If possible,please mention the source.

The distal femur of AL288-1 is so extensively damaged that it would be
stretching things a bit to attempt to reconstruct the bicondylar angle.
Based on similarity of size, it was probably about like AL 129's.

Alex Duncan
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1086