Stable carbon isotope analysis of Plio-Pleistocene ungulate teeth from Sterkfontein, South Africa

J. F. Thackeray, C. L. Bellamy, D. Bellars, G. Bronner, L. Bronner, C. Chimimba, H. Fourie, A. Kemp, M. Krüger, I. Plug, S. Prinsloo, R. Toms, A. J. Van Zyl, M. J. Whiting

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-196
Number of pages3
JournalSouth African Journal of Science
Volume93
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997
Externally publishedYes

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