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J Hum Evol. 2008 Oct;55(4):665-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2008.05.019. Epub 2008 Aug 8.

Assessing A.L. 288-1 femur length using computer-aided three-dimensional reconstruction.

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Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA.

Abstract

Fossil reconstruction remains a requisite task for many types of paleoanthropological research. While reconstructions are traditionally accomplished by hand, computer modeling offers a novel and mathematically rigorous approach while providing advantages over the manual process. Computer models of fossil specimens can be reflected, scaled, and aligned in virtual space with relative ease; therefore, it is simple to generate multiple reconstructions to find the "best" one. Here we report on the reconstruction of A.L. 288-1ap (left femur) using three-dimensional computer models. Our "best" reconstruction has a maximum length of 277mm, which is very near both the 280mm originally estimated and the frequently cited 281mm.

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18691736
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10.1016/j.jhevol.2008.05.019
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