jueves, 11 de febrero de 2016

Sterkfontein Caves produce two new hominin fossils

4/7. New homonin molar was found in Sterkfontein Caves.Jason Heaton
Specimens from the Homo genus and can be associated with early stone tools dated to 2.18 million years ago. 

Two new hominin fossils have been found in a previously uninvestigated chamber in the Sterkfontein Caves, just North West of Johannesburg in South Africa.

The two new specimens, a finger bone and a molar, are part of a set of four specimens, which seem to be from early hominins that can be associated with early stone tool-bearing sediments that entered the cave more than two million years ago.

"The specimens are exciting not only because they are associated with early stone tools, but also because they possess a mixture of intriguing features that raise many more questions than they give answers," says lead researcher Dr Dominic Stratford, a lecturer at the Wits School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental studies, and research coordinator at the Sterkfontein Caves. [...] EurekAlert!  / Link 2

Link 3: Primeros fósiles de Hominini del área Milner Hall de Skertfontein

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