Peninj Mandible

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Peninj Mandible
Catalog no. Peninj 1
Common name Peninj Mandible
Species Australopithecus boisei
Age 1.5 mya
Place discovered Peninj, Tanzania
Date discovered 1964
Discovered by Kamoya Kimeu, Richard Leakey

The Peninj Mandible (Peninj 1) is the fossilized lower jaw and teeth of a male Australopithecus boisei.[1] It was discovered in Peninj, Tanzania by Kamoya Kimeu,[2][3] part of Richard Leakey's team and his protégé, in 1964.

It is estimated to be 1.5 million years old.[1] Its characteristics are a heavy build with large molars and small incisors.

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  1. ^ a b "Paranthropus boisei: Peninj 1". eFossils. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Journal of Eastern African Research and Development. East African Literature Bureau. 1974. p. 129. The mandible was discovered by Kamoya Kimeu in 1964, during an expedition conducted by Richard Leakey and Glynn Isaac. 
  3. ^ Virginia Morell (11 January 2011). Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings. Simon and Schuster. p. 303. ISBN 978-1-4391-4387-2.