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"Amongst scientists concerned [in taphonomy], C. ok. mind may be the pioneer; this amazing publication is a press release of his investigations. . . . The Hunters or the Hunted? is a crucial ebook for paleoanthropology. It provides the 1st thorough research of the Sterkfontein Valley assemblages, contributes considerably to the answer of lingering controversies and, via putting the previous details in a clean viewpoint, allows new and extra subtle inquiries to be requested not just of the South African fabric yet of comparable assemblages in different places. one other contribution is that it reinforces the hot swap in emotions as to what constitutes facts, for the price of fossil and modern bones as heavily as this is often transparent. mind urges the need of improving fossils with a excessive regard for refined element. i'm hoping excavators of any vertebrate fossil web site may be persuaded to persist with his suggestion and pay extra awareness to those positive aspects of bone accumulations which have been formerly ignored; for taphonomy could be a robust software in elucidating the issues of fossil assemblages, in particular whilst dealt with with the care and warning that mind brings to the subject."—Andrew Hill, Nature

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C. Kemp, who was workiog in the field close lo Salara al that lime, studying hombills. He look me lo the few cheetah kills we were able lo locate. Remains of an adult male impala that had been killed and eaten by several cheetahs in the bed of lbe Timbavati River during September 1968, which we studied before scavengers arrived, are shown in figure 19b. As wilh lhe Umfolozi bushbuck, lhe skelelon was virtually undamaged. The problem oC interference by scavengers in the cheetah field observations suggested to me that controlled feeding experiments would.

Remains of common dassies were found in nine layers and carne from a mínimum of 12 individuals. Tbese are represented by the same skeletal parts as were the dassies in the Pomongwe Cave deposito Almost as numerous are remains of scrub hares, likewise represented by a scatter of resistant skeletal parts. Three small camivore individuals are represented by isolated teeth only, one of which was positively identified as coming from a striped skunk. These animals were perhaps not hunted for food, though their skins may well have been used.

2 m). Four burials were uncovered, in each case the skeleton having been covered by ftat stones, painted on their undersides with red ocber. " whicb were of prognathous peopIe and were thought to be more recento In view of the significance of tbe remains recovered by Hewitt, a subsequent excavation at the large rock shelter was undertaken by Dr. and Mrs. H. J, Deacon during 1966 and 1967 (J_ Deacon 1972). Tbe posilions of their excavations relative to the plan oftbe shelter are shown in figure 37.

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