Preliminary results of excavations at the newly investigated Coopers D deposit, Gauteng, South Africa Conference Paper uri icon


  • Recent palaeontological and geological research at Coopers has revealed a new cave fill deposit. As presently exposed, the preserved succession consists of two geologically discrete sequences, each representing different cave boundary conditions and sedimentary processes. Fossils collected, primarily from the decalcified breccias, consist of a diverse faunal assemblage including hominin material. Based on the correlation of the fauna with the assemblages from Swartkrans and Kromdraai A, the deposit has been assigned a palaeontological age of between 1.6 and 1.9 Myr.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Berger, L. R., de Ruiter, D. J., Steininger, C. M., & Hancox, J.

complete list of authors

  • Berger, LR||de Ruiter, DJ||Steininger, CM||Hancox, J

publication date

  • May 2003