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Dating the skull from Broken Hill, Zambia, and its position in human evolution

Grun, Rainer; Pike, Alistair; McDermott, Frank; Eggins, Stephen; Mortimer, Graham; Aubert, Maxime; Kinsley, Leslie; Joannes-Boyau, Renaud; Rumsey, Mike S.; Denys, Christiane; Brink, James S; Clark, Tara; Stringer, Chris


The cranium from Broken Hill (Kabwe) was recovered from cave deposits in 1921, during metal ore mining in what is now Zambia . It is one of the best-preserved skulls of a fossil hominin, and was initially designated as the type specimen of Homo rhodesiensis, but recently it has often been included in the taxon Homo heidelbergensis . However, the original site has since been completely quarried away, and—although the cranium is often estimated to be around 500 thousand years old —its...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2165-4


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