Australopithecus sediba at 1.977 Ma and Implications for the Origins of the Genus Homo

  title={Australopithecus sediba at 1.977 Ma and Implications for the Origins of the Genus Homo},
  author={R. Pickering and P. H. Dirks and Z. Jinnah and D. D. de Ruiter and S. Churchill and A. Herries and J. D. Woodhead and J. Hellstrom and L. Berger},
  pages={1421 - 1423}
  • R. Pickering, P. H. Dirks, +6 authors L. Berger
  • Published 2011
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • 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. Newly exposed cave sediments at the Malapa site include a flowstone layer capping the sedimentary unit containing the Australopithecus sediba fossils. Uranium-lead dating of the flowstone, combined with paleomagnetic and stratigraphic analysis of the flowstone and underlying sediments, provides a… CONTINUE READING
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