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Preliminary results concerning the discovery of new fossiliferous sites at Bolt's Farm (Cradle of Humankind, South Africa)

  • Journal Title: Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History
  • Volume: Volume 2
  • Issue: 
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 33  - 45
  • Authors:  D. Gommery;  S. Badenhorst;  S. Potze;  F. Senegas;  L. Kgasi;  J.F. Thackeray;
  • ISSN: 22204563
  • Abstract:  Since 2006, the HRU team has systematically prospected the fossiliferous area of Bolt's Farm located near the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Human kind World Heritage Site (Gauteng Province, South Africa). To date, Bolt's Farm has yielded more than 30 fossiliferous sites. In this article, new sites discovered in 2010 are presented. Some of them show great potential regarding the Plio-Pleistocene fauna thus far processed from ex situ calcified sediment dumpsites. The material from one of these sites, Milo's Pit A, is currently being prepared but preliminary results suggest a Pliocene age for this locality based on the presence of a third molar attributable to Stage I Metridiochoerus andrewsi / Metridiochoerus shawi. This would make Milo A the second oldest site in the Cradle of Humankind after Waypoint 160, also located on Bolt's Farm.
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