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Pleistocene faunal remains from Garage Ravine Cave on Bolt's Farm in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa

  • Journal Title: Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History
  • Volume: Volume 1
  • Issue: 
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 33  - 40
  • Authors:  Shaw Badenhorst;  Frank Senegas;  Dominique Gommery;  Stephany Potze;  Lazarus Kgasi;  J. Francis Thackeray;
  • ISSN: 22204563
  • Abstract:  Bolt's Farm is located near Sterkfontein in South Africa's Cradle of Humankind, a fossiliferous region close to Krugersdorp. Recently, we studied macrofaunal remains from Garage Ravine Cave at Bolt's Farm.The faunal assemblage contained remains of the extinct giant Cape horse, eland, alcelaphine, other indeterminate Bovidae, jackal and a bird of prey. The presence of both grazing and browsing taxa indicates that open grasslands and woodland environments existed during the formation of these breccias. Wooded regions would have been present in closed environments such as valleys adjacent streams. Based on the presence of the extinct Cape horse, eland and jackal, the breccias from Garage Ravine Cave date to less than about two million but older than 10,000 years ago during the Pleistocene.
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