Saldanha man

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Saldanha man
Saldanha man-Homo heidelbergensis.jpg
Saldanha skull, Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Common name Saldanha man
Species Homo heidelbergensis
Place discovered Hopefield, South Africa
Date discovered 8 January 1953
Discovered by Keith Jolly and Ronald Singer

Saldanha man also known as Saldanha cranium or Elandsfontein cranium are fossilized remains of an archaic human, identified as Homo heidelbergensis. The remains, which included a fragment of lower jaw, were found on an exposed surface between shifting sand dunes on the farm Elandsfontein, which is located near Hopefield, South Africa. To date it remains the southernmost hominid find.

It was found associated with a variety of fossil vertebrates.[1] Ronald Singer illustrated that the skull is broadly similar to that of Rhodesian man in terms of outline and measurements.

See also


  1. ^ Straus, W. L. (17 May 1957). "Saldanha Man and His Culture". Science. 125 (3255): 973–974. doi:10.1126/science.125.3255.973. ISSN 0036-8075. 
  • Tappen, NC (1979). "Studies on the condition and structure of bone of the Saldanha fossil cranium". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 50 (4): 591–603. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330500410. PMID 111559. 
  • Singer, Ronald (1954). "The saldanha skull from Hopefield, South Africa". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 12 (3): 345–62. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330120309. PMID 13207329. 

Coordinates: 33°05′30″S 18°14′20″E / 33.09167°S 18.23889°E / -33.09167; 18.23889

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