RSSAf Member Prof Alan Morris assembles profile of St Helena skeleton

Oct 08, 2014 No Comments by

A STRANDLOPER hunter-gather, who lived on the West Coast more than 2 000 years ago, had “surfer’s ear” from diving in the cold sea for kreef and alikreukel.  This is one of the secrets researchers have uncovered from examining a skeleton unearthed in St Helena Bay in 2010 by workers digging a trench for a pipeline.

Another important piece of information the skeleton has yielded is a complete, ancient mitochondrial genome – a first in southern Africa.

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