New dates place Homo erectus fossil from Turkey at 1.1 to 1.3 million years

At the site of Kocabaş (southwest Turkey) a fragmentary cranium was recovered in 2002 from a travertine quarry alongside faunal remains. The skull has been assigned to Homo erectus and its morphology seems to be intermediate between the skulls from Dmanisi (Georgie, 1.8mya) and Zhoukoudian (China, 0.8mya). So far age determinations of the travertines at…

Rising Star expedition to lift hominin fossils from deep cave in Cradle of Humankind (South Africa) started

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, a cave complex 40km north of Johannesburg, is the world’s richest hominin find spot. It is home to world famous sites such as Sterkfontein, Kromdraai, Swartkrans and Taung. The most recent finds include several fossils of Australopithecus sediba at the Malapa cave site. Professor Lee Berger (University of…