Research Article

Lower Pliocene Hominid Remains from Sterkfontein

Science  25 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5619, pp. 607-612
DOI: 10.1126/science.1081651

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Abstract

Cosmogenic aluminum-26 and beryllium-10 burial dates of low-lying fossiliferous breccia in the caves at Sterkfontein, South Africa, show that associated hominid fossils accumulated in the Lower Pliocene. These dates indicate that the skeleton StW 573 and newly discovered specimens from Jacovec Cavern have much the same age: approximately 4 million years. These specimens are thus of an age similar to Australopithecus anamensis from East Africa.

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