A Close Relative
The fossils included remains of a male juvenile (whose cranium is shown here) along with a female of the same species, who was likely in her 20s or 30s.
Holding a Skull
Made for Having Babies
Did the female have offspring? Sometimes females develop small pits (called scars of parturition) on the back side of the pubic bone when they deliver a baby, due to stress on the ligaments crossing the front of the pelvis. The female specimen may have one such scar; however, these pits can also be produced by other factors, and thus they are not always indicative that a female has given birth. It is likely that a female Australopith of her age would have had children.