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Earliest known human burial in Africa

Martinón-Torres, María; d’Errico, Francesco; Santos, Elena; Gallo, Ana Álvaro; Amano, Noel; Archer, Will; Armitage, Simon J; Arsuaga, Juan Luis; de Castro, José María Bermúdez; Blinkhorn, James; Shipton, Ceri


The origin and evolution of hominin mortuary practices are topics of intense interest and debate . Human burials dated to the Middle Stone Age (MSA) are exceedingly rare in Africa and unknown in East Africa . Here we describe the partial skeleton of a roughly 2.5- to 3.0-year-old child dating to 78.3 ± 4.1 thousand years ago, which was recovered in the MSA layers of Panga ya Saidi (PYS), a cave site in the tropical upland coast of Kenya . Recent excavations have revealed a pit feature...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-03457-8


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