Archaeological excavation

Archaeological excavation

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Caption: Archaeological excavation. Workers quarrying eroded breccia (rock made from compressed rock fragments) from the upper levels of the Sterkfontein caves in South Africa. This material will be thoroughly examined and sieved for fossils. Numerous early hominid remains have been found at these caves, which were declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. The remains are thought to belong to Australopithecus, early Homo, and Paranthropus species.

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