Australopithecus sediba at 1.977 Ma and implications for the origins of the genus Homo

Pickering, Robyn, Dirks, Paul H.G.M., Jinnah, Zubair, de Ruiter, Darryl J., Churchill, Steven E., Herries, Andy I.R., Woodhead, Jon D., Hellstrom, John C., and Berger, Lee R. (2011) Australopithecus sediba at 1.977 Ma and implications for the origins of the genus Homo. Science, 333 (6048). pp. 1421-1423.

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Abstract

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 tightly constrained date of 1.977 ± 0.002 million years ago (Ma) for these fossils. This refined dating suggests that Au. sediba from Malapa predates the earliest uncontested evidence for Homo in Africa.

Item ID: 18922
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2011 04:17
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040311 Stratigraphy (incl Biostratigraphy and Sequence Stratigraphy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences @ 100%
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