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First hominine remains from a ~1.0 million year old bone bed at Cornelia-Uitzoek, Free State Province, South Africa

Brink, James S; Herries, Andy I R; Moggi-Cecchi, Jacopo; Gowlett, John A J; Bousman, C Britt; Hancox, John P; Grun, Rainer; Eisenmann, Vera; Adams, Justin W; Rossouw, Lloyd


We report here on evidence of early . Homo around 1.0 Ma (millions of years ago) in the central plains of southern Africa. The human material, a first upper molar, was discovered during the systematic excavation of a densely-packed bone bed in the basal part of the sedimentary sequence at the Cornelia-Uitzoek fossil vertebrate locality. We dated this sequence by palaeomagnetism and correlated the bone bed to the Jaramillo subchron, between 1.07 and 0.99 Ma. This makes the specimen the oldest...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Human Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2012.06.004


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