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South African Journal of Science

On-line version ISSN 1996-7489
Print version ISSN 0038-2353


GOMMERY, D. et al. The earliest primate (Parapapio sp.) from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site (Waypoint 160, Bolt's Farm, South Africa). S. Afr. j. sci. [online]. 2008, vol.104, n.9-10, pp.405-408. ISSN 1996-7489.

Waypoint 160 is a breccia occurrence in a dolomite solution cavity on Bolt's Farm on the southern margin of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in South Africa. The calcified breccia has yielded microfauna that has been dated between 4.0 and 4.5 million years. Here we present the first evidence for Parapapio, an extinct monkey, from Waypoint 160. This site is of particular interest as Parapapio is associated with Pliocene or Pleistocene hominids in Africa, for example at Sterkfontein, Taung, Kromdraai, Swartkrans and Makapansgat in South Africa, as well as at Lothagam in East Africa.

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