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The occurrence of species of animal that became extinct ~1.5 million years ago indicate the deposit is not younger than 1.5 million years old.
The site has produced arguably one of the most complete assemblages of early human ancestors ever found, including the most complete skeletons of early hominids yet discovered, and by far the most complete remains of any hominid dating to around 2 million years ago.
The partial skeletons are initially described in two papers in the journal Science by Berger and colleagues as a new species of early human ancestor called Australopithecus sediba (sediba meaning natural spring or well in Sotho).
On the opposite side of the block, Berger quickly discovered a jawbone with a canine tooth of a hominid.
The find was later identified as part of a partial skeleton of a juvenile hominid, around 9 – 13 years of age.
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