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Approximate age:455,000 years old=average of minimum (0.13 Ma) and maximum (0.78 Ma)

Date based on: Biochron, paleomag See map of sites with similar ages

Dating reference: Geraads, D., Amani, F., & Hublin, J. J. (1992). Le gisement plèistocëne moyen de l'Aïn Maarouf prës de El Hajeb, Maroc: prèsence d'un Hominidè. C. r. Acad. Sci., Paris, 314, 319-323., Geraads, D., & Amani, F. (1997). La faune du gisement Homo erectus de l'Aïn Maarouf, prës de El Hajeb (Maroc). L'Anthropologie, Paris, tome, 101, 522-530.

Hominids: Homo erectus      


Important specimens: Left femoral shaft

Notes: Geraads, D., F. Amani, and J. J. Hublin. 1992. The middle Pleistocene site of Ain Maarouf near El-Hajeb, Morocco: Discovery of a fossil hominid. Comptes Rendus de l?Académie des Sciences, Série II 314:319-323.
Hublin, J. J. 2002. Northwestern African Middle Pleistocene hominids and their bearing on the emergence of Homo sapiens. Human roots: Africa and Asia in the Middle Pleistocene. Bristol: Western Academic and Specialist Press. p: 99-121.

Location: Ain Maarouf, Morocco
Map location/coordinates reference: Note that this site is difficult to locate. Several latitudes and longitudes are reported. The one used for this record comes from the paleobiology database ( ), but others are also reported: 1. "Shells from 0.3 m depth in fossil soil of Soltanian age at Ain Maarouf near el Hajeb (33° 40' N Lat, 05° 20' W Long)"[RADIOCARBON, VOL. 12, No. 2, 1970, P. 444-471] GRONINGEN RADIOCARBON DATES IX J. C. VOGEL

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