Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Makapansgat

An archaeological site found in 1947 by Tobias in South Africa, dating from 3.32 to about 2.9 mya (possibly 3.06 mya), and that contains artifacts, including Dart’s alleged osteodontokeratic tools and now-discounted evidence of fire. Hominid remains include fragments of 12-30 individuals attributed to Australopithecus prometheus (= A. africanus). Among the most important fragments are two juvenile ilia (MLD 7 and MLD 25) and an incomplete cranium (MLD 37/38). Actively excavated through 1983. Aka Makapansgat Limeworks Cave and the Cave of the Hearths.

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