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Early human use of marine resources and pigment in South Africa during the Middle Pleistocene
It is shown that by ∼164’kyr ago (±12 kyr) at Pinnacle Point (on the south coast of South Africa) humans expanded their diet to include marine resources, perhaps as a response to these harsh environmental conditions.
Fire As an Engineering Tool of Early Modern Humans
Replication experiments and analysis of artifacts suggest that humans in South Africa at this time, and perhaps earlier, systematically heated stone materials, including silcrete to improve its flaking properties in making tools.
Early hominin diet included diverse terrestrial and aquatic animals 1.95 Ma in East Turkana, Kenya
- D. Braun, John W. K. Harris, M. Kibunjia
- Environmental Science, GeographyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 31 May 2010
The evidence here shows that these critical brain-growth compounds were part of the diets of hominins before the appearance of Homo ergaster/erectus and could have played an important role in the evolution of larger brains in the early history of the authors' lineage.
A multi-disciplinary seriation of early Homo and Paranthropus bearing palaeocaves in southern Africa
Palaeomagnetic analysis of the Sterkfontein palaeocave deposits: implications for the age of the hominin fossils and stone tool industries.
Orbital forcing and the spread of C4 grasses in the late Neogene: stable isotope evidence from South African speleothems.
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
Regional and global context of the Late Cenozoic Langebaanweg (LBW) palaeontological site: West Coast of South Africa
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 southern…