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Approximate age:254,000 years old=average of minimum (0.214 Ma) and maximum (0.294 Ma)

Date based on: ESR on tooth in deposit (is it the same age as the cranium?) See map of sites with similar ages

Dating reference: Grün, R., Brink, J. S., Spooner, N. A., Taylor, L., Stringer, C. B., Franciscus, R. G., et al. (1996). Direct dating of Florisbad hominid. Nature, 382(6591), 500.

Hominids: Homo rhodesiensis       

Archaeology:Middle Stone Age (MSA)/Mousterian  Fire (hearths)    

Important specimens:

Notes: Fire use (Hearths): James, S. R., Dennell, R. W., Gilbert, A. S., Lewis, H. T., Gowlett, J. A. J., Lynch, T. F., et al. (1989). Hominid Use of Fire in the Lower and Middle Pleistocene: A Review of the Evidence [and Comments and Replies]. Current Anthropology, 30(1), 1-26.

Location: near Soutpan, South Africa
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