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Spring 3-2007


Many people assume that OH 5, the type specimen of Paranthropus boisei, collected in 1959, was the first evidence of that taxon to be found, but OH 3, recovered in 1955, predated the discovery of OH 5 by four years. Thus, Paranthropus boisei recently celebrated the equivalent of its fiftieth birthday. This review marks that milestone by examining the way our understanding of this taxon has changed during its fifty, or so, year history.


This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Constantino P and Wood B. The evolution of Zinjanthropus boisei. Evolutionary Anthropology, 16(2): 49-62., which has been published in final form at [].