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Stable carbon isotope analysis of fauna from the Gondolin GD 2 fossil assemblage, South Africa

  • Journal Title: Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History
  • Volume: Volume 2
  • Issue: 
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 1  - 5
  • Authors:  Justin W. Adams;
  • ISSN: 22204563
  • Abstract:  The Gondolin cave site lies at the northwestern edge of the designated Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site. Several fossiliferous deposits formed within the palaeocave during the Plio-Pleistocene, including the leopard-accumulated GD2 mammalian fossil assemblage that formed 1.8 million years ago. This paper presents the results of a stable carbon isotope analysis of fossil specimens recovered from the GD 2 assemblage. The reconstructed palaeodietary preferences of the sampled GD 2 individuals were found to be largely consistent with extant and/or extinct conspecifics, although the single spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta) individual is more C-depleted than predicted based on modern predation patterns. The isotopic results are consistent with results from prior palaeoecological analyses of the GD 2 faunas that interpret the local region as dominated by open-to-wooded highland grassland biomes during the time the assemblage accumulated. However, the limited number of carnivores in the assemblage precluded using the results of this isotopic analysis for evaluating the taphonomy of the assemblage, as has been undertaken at other Plio-Pleistocene localities.
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