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14 Quaternary Deposits and Paleosites

  • Klaus-Dieter Jäger
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Abstract

Due to the mineral content of bones and teeth, the majority of fossil hominid remains are represented by these tissues; soft parts of the human body are preserved only very rarely. Whether or not fossils are well preserved depends on the nature of the deposits in which they are enclosed. Numerous methods are now available for chronometric dating of hominid fossils, though none of them is applicable in all situations. However, it is still necessary to situate each hominid fossil within the larger stratigraphic framework. Hominid evolution began well over 4 million years ago, and covered the final part of the Neogene (Upper Tertiary). As a result, ongoing international discussions of stratigraphic boundaries over this span are also significant for the assessment of the hominid evolution. In addition to providing stratigraphic information paleoanthropological sites provide not only insights into the environmental backgrounds of the fossils they yield, but in later periods commonly also into the cultural evolution of mankind and its relatives.

Keywords

Soft Part Lime Content Early Hominid Hominid Evolution Fossil Hominid 
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