Probabilities of conspecificity

application of a morphometric technique to modern taxa and fossil specimens attributed to Australopithecus and Homo

J. F. Thackeray*, C. L. Bellamy, D. Bellars, G. Bronner, L. Bronner, C. Chimimba, H. Fourie, A. Kemp, M. Kruger, I. Plug, S. Prinsloo, R. Toms, A. J. Van Zyl, M. J. Whiting

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Abstract

A morphometric method of analysis is applied to specimens attributed to the same species, using museum collections of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. We demonstrate a central tendency of the log-transformed standard error of the m-coefficient (log(10) s.e.(m)), derived from linear regression analyses associated with equations of the form y = mx + c, when measurements of one specimen are compared against corresponding measurements of another specimen attributed to the same species. As indicated previously, this approach has potential application in palaeontological contexts where there is uncertainty about arty two specimens being conspecific. We recommend that s.e.(m) statistics be used in exploratory studies to quantify probabilities of conspecificity when any two hominid specimens are compared.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-196
Number of pages2
JournalSouth African Journal of Science
Volume93
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997
Externally publishedYes

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