Stable carbon isotope ratios in apatite (δC) have been determined from small, fragmentary tooth samples of Plio-Pleistocene ungulate taxa represented at Sterkfontein, situated 70 km southwest of Pretoria, South Africa. Differences in δ13C in alcelaphines (grazing antelope) and tragelaphines (browsers) are consistent with the patterning and scale of differences observed in their modern counterparts, strongly confirming that palaeodietary and palaeoenvironmental signals are obtainable from stable carbon isotope ratios of Plio-Pleistocene tooth enamel samples after appropriate sample preparation.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||South African Journal of Science|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1997|