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Title: 130000-year-old fossil elephant found near Durban, South-Africa: preliminary-report
Authors: Ramsay, PJ
Smith, AM
Lee-Thorp, JC
Vogel, JC
Tyldsley, M
Kidwell, W
Keywords: Fossil elephants
African elephant tusks
Issue Date: Apr-1993
Publisher: Bureau Scientific Publications
Citation: Ramsay, PJ, et al. 1993. 130000-year-old fossil elephant found near Durban, South-Africa: preliminary-report. South African Journal of Science, vol. 89(4), pp 165
Abstract: A modern African elephant tusk was discovered within a late Pleistocene aeolianite at Reunion Rocks, south of Durban. Ionium dating indicates that the tusk is older than 112 kyr BP with stratigraphic control suggesting a date at ca. 130 kyr BP. Preliminary carbon stable-isotopic analyses indicate that the elephant was a grass-grazer. Strontium isotopic analyses indicate a marine signature: this implies that the tusk suffered marine diagenesis or that the elephant accumulated a marine strontium isotope signature by living along the coastline.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2091
ISSN: 0038-2353
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