Kebara 2 Neanderthal pelvis: First look at a complete inlet

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The renewed excavations at the Kebara Cave revealed a Neanderthal skeleton dated at about 50–55,000 years B.P. The pelvis of this individual is the most intact Neanderthal pelvis yet discovered, presenting for the first time a complete inlet. Although the superior pubic ramus is extremely long, as typically seen in the Neanderthals, the size of the pelvic inlet is comparable to that of modern Homo sapiens. The length of the superior pubic ramus is found to stem from a more externally rotated innominate bone and not, as generally assumed, from the larger pelvic inlet. It is suggested that the uniqueness of the Neanderthal pelvis may be attributable to locomotion and posture‐related biomechanics rather than to obstetric requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-231
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1987


  • Neanderthal
  • Obstetrics
  • Pelvis


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