DISCLAIMER: This article is being kept online for historical purposes. Though accurate at last review, it is no longer being updated. The page may contain broken links or outdated information.
de Klerk, Bonita School of Geosciences and Institute for Human Evolution, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
de Ruiter, Darryl J. Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Churchill, Steven E. Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
Berger, Lee R. School of Geosciences and Institute for Human Evolution, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Geology and dating of the site
- Dating of Malapa
- Malapa hominins
- Characteristics of Australopithecus sediba
- Phylogenetic status of Australopithecus sediba
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Area is located northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. This world heritage locale encompasses 47,000 hectares (116,000 acres) and contains many hominin-bearing sites. The most recently discovered site, Malapa, represents an especially rich early-hominin locality. Malapa is situated roughly 15 km (9.3 mi) north-northeast of the well-known sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, and Kromdraai. Malapa contains partially articulated skeletal remains of several individuals of a newly recognized species, Australopithecus sediba, as well as abundant, well-preserved fauna. The discovery and geological setting of Au. sediba and the potential taxonomic and phylogenetic implications of this new hominin taxon are described herein.
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 10,000 highly qualified scientists and 46 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information