• The 100,000–77,000‑Year Old Middle Stone Age Micromammal Sequence from Blombos Cave, South Africa: Local Climatic Stability or a Tale of Predator Bias? 

      Nel, Turid Hillestad; Henshilwood, Christopher Stuart (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2021)
      In this paper, we present a case study of the micromammal sequence from Marine Isotope Stage 5 (130,000–71,000 YBP) at Blombos Cave on the southern Cape coast of South Africa. Our analyses of the micromammal assemblage ...
    • Behaviourally modern humans in coastal southern Africa experienced an increasingly continental climate during the transition from Marine Isotope Stage 5 to 4 

      Göktürk, Ozan Mert; Simon, Margit Hildegard; Sobolowski, Stefan Pieter; Zhang, Zhongshi; van der Bilt, Willem Godert Maria; Mørkved, Pål Tore; D’Andrea, William J.; Niekerk, Karen Loise van; Henshilwood, Christopher Stuart; Armitage, Simon James; Jansen, Eystein (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2023-07-25)
      Unravelling evolution-by-environment interactions on the gut microbiome is particularly relevant considering the unprecedented level of human-driven disruption of the ecological and evolutionary trajectories of species. ...
    • An initial assessment of zooarchaeological assemblage sizes from South Africa 

      Badenhorst, Shaw; Mthombothi, Nomaswazi; Niekerk, Karen Loise van; Henshilwood, Christopher Stuart (Journal article, 2022)
      Large faunal assemblages remain a concern in zooarchaeology. Without sufficiently large assemblages, interpretations about the past are less secure. The number of potential taxa in an assemblage is related to various factors ...
    • Microstratigraphic preservation of ancient faunal and hominin DNA in Pleistocene cave sediments 

      Massilani, Diyendo; Morley, Mike W.; Mentzer, Susan M.; Aldeias, Vera; Vernot, Benjamin; Miller, Christopher; Stahlschmidt, Mareike; Kozlikin, Maxim B.; Shunkov, Michael V.; Derevianko, Anatoly P.; Conard, Nicholas J.; Wurz, Sarah Jacoba Deborah; Henshilwood, Christopher Stuart; Vasquez, Javi; Essel, Elena; Nagel, Sarah; Richter, Julia; Nickel, Birgit; Roberts, Richard G.; Paabo, Svante; Slon, Viviane; Meyer, Matthias; Goldberg, Paul (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2022)
      Ancient DNA recovered from Pleistocene sediments represents a rich resource for the study of past hominin and environmental diversity. However, little is known about how DNA is preserved in sediments and the extent to which ...
    • Rhinoceros from the Middle Stone Age in the Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa 

      Badenhorst, Shaw; Ratshinanga, Rialivhuwa; Parrini, Francesca; Niekerk, Karen Loise van; Henshilwood, Christopher Stuart (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2021)
      In southern Africa, the Middle Stone Age (MSA), spanning more than 200,000 years, is a critical time period, in which Homo sapiens first appears. MSA sites located in the Eastern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa ...