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Smith, E.I., Jacobs, Z., Johnsen, R., Ren, M., Fisher, E.C., Oestmo, S., Wilkins, J., Harris, J.A., Karkanas, P., Fitch, S., Amber, C., Keenan, D., Cleghorn, N., Lane, C.S., Matthews, T., and Marean, C.W. 2018. Humans thrived in South Africa through the Toba eruption about 74,000 years ago. Nature 55: 511-515


Cawthra, H.C., Jacobs, Z., Compton, J.S., Fisher, E.C., Karkanas, P.  Marean, C.W. 2018. Depositional and sea-level history from MIS 6 (Termination II) to MIS 3 on the southern continental shelf of South Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews 181:156-172


Helm, C.W., Cawthra, H.C., Cowling, R.M., de Vynck, J.C., Marean, C.W., McCrea, R. and Rust, R. 2017. Palaeoecology of giraffe tracks in Late Pleistocene aeolianites on the Cape south coast. South African Journal of Science 114:1-8


Helm, C.W., Anderson, R. J., Buckley, L. G., Cawthra, H.C. and de Vynck, J.C. 2017. Biofilm assists recognition of avian trackways in Late Pleistocene coastal aeolianites, South Africa. Palaeontologia Africana 52:78-83


Esteban, I., Vlok, J., Kotina, E.L., Bamford, M.K., Cowling, R.M., Cabanes, D. and Albert, R.M. 2017. Phytoliths in plants from the south coast of the Greater Cape Floristic Region (South Africa). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 245:60-84


Hahn, A., SchefuB, E., Ando, S., Cawthra, H.C., Frenzel, P., Kugel, M., Meschner, S., Mollenhauer, G. and Zabel, M. 2017. Southern Hemisphere anticyclonic circulation drives oceanic and climatic conditions in late Holocene southernmost Africa. Climate of the Past 13:649-665


Collareta, A., Marean, C.W., Jerardino, A. and Bosselaers, M. 2017.Cetopirus complanatus (Cirripedia: Coronulidae) from the late Middle Pleistocene human settlement of Pinnacle Point 13B (Mossel Bay, South Africa). Zootaxa 4237 (2): 393-400


Cowling, R.M., Bradshaw, P.L., Colville, J.F. and Forest, F. 2017. Levyns’ Law: explaining the evolution of a remarkable longitudinal gradient in Cape plant diversity. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 72:184-201


Roberts, D.L., Neumann, F.H., Cawthra, H.C., Carr, A.S., Scott, L., Durugbo, E.U., Humphries, M.S., Cowling, R., Bamford, M.K., Musekiwa, C. and MacHutchon, M. 2017. Palaeoenvironments during a terminal Oligocene or early Miocene transgression in a fluvial system at the southwestern tip of Africa. Global and Planetary Change 150:1-23


De Vynck, J.C., Anderson, R., Atwater, C., Cowling, R.M., Fisher, E.C., Marean, C.W., Walker, R.S.and Hill, K. 2016. Return rates from intertidal foraging from Blombos Cave to Pinnacle Point: Understanding early human economies. Journal of Human Evolution 92: 101-115


De Vynck, J.C., Cowling, R.M., Potts, A.J. and Marean, C.W. 2016. Seasonal availability of edible underground and aboveground carbohydrate resources to human foragers on the Cape south coast, South Africa. PeerJ.


Roberts, D., Cawthra, H. and Musekiwa, C. 2013. Dynamics of late Cenozoic aeolian deposition along the South African coast: a record of evolving climate and ecosystems. Geological Society Publication, Special Publications 388: 353-387



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