Magnetostratigraphy and cosmogenic dating of Wonderwerk Cave: New constraints for the chronology of the South African Earlier Stone Age

  title={Magnetostratigraphy and cosmogenic dating of Wonderwerk Cave: New constraints for the chronology of the South African Earlier Stone Age},
  author={Ron Shaar and Ari Matmon and Liora Kolska Horwitz and Yael Ebert and Michael Chazan and M. Arnold and Georges Auma{\^i}tre and Didier L. Bourl{\`e}s and K. Keddadouche},
  journal={Quaternary Science Reviews},
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