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

Adam D. Sylvester, Brandon C. Merkl, Mohamed R. Mahfouz

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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 277 mm, which is very near both the 280 mm originally estimated and the frequently cited 281 mm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-671
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Human Evolution
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Australopithecus
  • Limb length
  • Lucy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Anthropology


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