The new Dmanisi skull's got me thinking about early Homo more than normal, especially since it's what's on the horizon for my paleoanthropology course this semester.
This morning I unearthed a project that never got published as a paper and it's worth sharing here.
A couple years ago I tried to address just one problem with distinguishing different species among early Homo fossils: The usefulness (or not) of molar outline shape.
With great contribution from, and collaboration with, a student who went on to do graduate work in biological anthropology, together we presented a poster at the 2010 Paleoanthropology Society meetings in St. Louis called,
"From rhomboid to rectangle: Virtual wear of early Homo molars"
Here's a jpeg of that poster.
I'm posting it here in case it's useful for anyone concerned with these issues.
Email me (holly_dunsworth at mail.uri.edu) or tweet (@hollydunsworth) if you'd like a nice pdf or more information.