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South African Journal of Science

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STEININGER, Christine; BERGER, Lee R.  and  KUHN, Brian F.. A partial skull of Paranthropus robustus from Cooper's Cave, South Africa. S. Afr. j. sci. [online]. 2008, vol.104, n.3-4, pp. 143-146. ISSN 0038-2353.

A partial hominin skull (COB 101) was identified in the fossil collections of the Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, attributed to the Cooper's Cave site in South Africa. The find represents the most complete hominin specimen recovered from localities at this site to date. COB 101 comprises the supraorbital, zygomatic, infraorbital and nasoalveolar regions of the right side, and the right upper third premolar. The specimen has undergone post-depositional distortion that resulted in the flattening of the facial structures. Here we describe and compare COB 101 with other hominin material from Africa and find that this specimen shares numerous diagnostic features with Paranthropus robustus. The discovery of COB 101 augments the number of specimens attributed to this species from other South African sites and other Cooper's Cave localities.

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