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Early human use of marine resources and pigment in South Africa during the Middle Pleistocene
Genetic and anatomical evidence suggests that Homo sapiens arose in Africa between 200 and 100 thousand years (kyr) ago, and recent evidence indicates symbolic behaviour may have appeared ∼135–75 kyrExpand
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A multi-disciplinary seriation of early Homo and Paranthropus bearing palaeocaves in southern Africa
Abstract Fossils of early Homo and Paranthropus have been recovered from several sites in southern Africa. Unfortunately, their precise age has historically been difficult to assess, hampering theExpand
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Fire As an Engineering Tool of Early Modern Humans
Friendly Fire Hints of the use of more advanced materials by humans, including symbolic marking and jewelry, appear about 75,000 years ago or so in Africa. Brown et al. (p. 859; see the PerspectiveExpand
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Palaeomagnetic analysis of the Sterkfontein palaeocave deposits: implications for the age of the hominin fossils and stone tool industries.
Palaeomagnetic analysis was conducted on speleothems from Members 1-5 at Sterkfontein Cave, South Africa. Palaeomagnetic analysis of siltstone and speleothem from the bulk of Member 4 indicate aExpand
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Orbital forcing and the spread of C4 grasses in the late Neogene: stable isotope evidence from South African speleothems.
Reconstructing Plio-Pleistocene African paleoenvironments is important for models of early hominin evolution, but is often hampered by low-resolution or discontinuous climatic data. Here, we presentExpand
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Regional and global context of the Late Cenozoic Langebaanweg (LBW) palaeontological site: West Coast of South Africa
The palaeontological site of Langebaanweg (LBW) is internationally renowned for its prolific, diverse and exceptionally well preserved Mio-Pliocene vertebrate faunas. The site is located on theExpand
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Australopithecus sediba at 1.977 Ma and Implications for the Origins of the Genus Homo
Further U-series dating and the magnetic stratigraphy of the hosting cave deposits show that Australopithecus sediba lived just under 2 million years ago, near or just before the emergence of Homo.Expand
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A high resolution and continuous isotopic speleothem record of paleoclimate and paleoenvironment from 90 to 53 ka from Pinnacle Point on the south coast of South Africa
Abstract Coastal South Africa draws interdisciplinary interests due to the co-occurrence of a rich record for early human behavioral modernity, hyper-diverse vegetation with very high endemism (theExpand
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A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective on the Age of Australopithecus in Southern Africa
This paper presents a review of, and new data concerning, the age of Australopithecus in southern Africa. Current dating suggests that Makapansgat Limeworks is the oldest hominin deposit in southernExpand
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Geological Setting and Age of Australopithecus sediba from Southern Africa
From Australopithecus to Homo Our genus Homo is thought to have evolved a little more than 2 million years ago from the earlier hominid Australopithecus. But there are few fossils that provideExpand
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