Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Gorget

Perforated artifact made of bone, shell or stone, usually suspended and worn as personal adornment. Gorgopithecus major Broom and Robinson, 1949: cercopithecine known from the Pleistocene of South Africa; monotypic. Known only from one distorted male cranium and a female maxilla recovered at Kromdraai; part of the male specimen remains embedded in matrix. A notable characteristic is lack of sexual dimorphism. Estimated body mass around 40 kg. Dental formula: 2.1.2.3/2.1.2.3.

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