Research Article

Contemporaneity of Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and early Homo erectus in South Africa

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  03 Apr 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6486, eaaw7293
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw7293

Dating the Drimolen hominins

Fossil hominins from South Africa are enriching the story of early human evolution and dispersal. Herries et al. describe the geological context and dating of the hominin-bearing infilled cave, or palaeocave, at a site called Drimolen in South Africa (see the Perspective by Antón). They focus on the age and context of a recently discovered Homo erectus sensu lato fossil and a Paranthropus robustus fossil, which they dated to ∼2.04 million to 1.95 million years ago. This makes Drimolen one of the best-dated sites in South Africa and establishes these fossils as the oldest definitive specimens of their respective species ever discovered. The age confirms that species of Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and early Homo overlapped in the karst of South Africa ∼2 million years ago.

Science, this issue p. eaaw7293; see also p. 34

View Full Text

Stay Connected to Science