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dc.contributor.authorBackwell, L.*
dc.contributor.authorPickering, R.*
dc.contributor.authorBrothwell, D.R.*
dc.contributor.authorBerger, L.*
dc.contributor.authorWitcomb, M.*
dc.contributor.authorMartill, D.*
dc.contributor.authorPenkman, K.E.H.*
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Andrew S.*
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-20T15:40:56Z
dc.date.available2010-12-20T15:40:56Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationBackwell L, Pickering R, Brothwell D et al (2009) Probable human hair found in a fossil hyaena coprolite from Gladysvale cave, South Africa. Journal of Archaeological Science. 36(6): 1269-1276.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/4610
dc.descriptionNoen
dc.description.abstractUntil now, the oldest known human hair was from a 9000-year-old South American mummy. Here we report fossil hairs of probable human origin that exceed that age by about 200,000 years. The hairs have been discovered in a brown hyaena (Parahyaena brunnea) coprolite from Gladysvale cave in South Africa. The coprolite is part of a hyaena latrine preserved in calcified cave sediment dated between 195,000 and 257,000 years ago. This find supports the hypothesis that hyaenas accumulated some of the early hominin remains found in cave sites, and provides a new source of information on Pleistocene mammals in the Sterkfontein Valley.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2009.01.023en
dc.subjectHyanea coprolitesen
dc.subject; Gladysvale caveen
dc.subject; South Africaen
dc.subject; Fossil hairen
dc.titleProbable human hair found in a fossil hyaena coprolite from Gladysvale cave, South Africaen
dc.status.refereedYesen
dc.typeArticleen
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