Abstract

New paleomagnetic results from the Erk-el-Ahmar Formation, Israel, resolve age ambiguities of one of the oldest hominid sites outside Africa, where ancient Oldowan tools and artifacts were excavated. We identified in the section the upper and lower boundaries of the Olduvai subchron, and we conclude that these sediments were deposited between ca. 1.7 and 2.0 Ma. This result is consistent with the hypothesis that earliest hominid migrations from Africa to Eurasia during the early Paleolithic traversed the Levantine corridor.

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