Australopithecus sediba at 1.977 Ma and implications for the origins of the genus 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 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.
Pickering, R; Dirks, PHGM; Jinnah, Z; de Ruiter, DJ; Churchil, SE; Herries, AIR; Woodhead, JD; Hellstrom, JC; Berger, LR
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