Wiersma, Jelle

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Jelle Wiersma

Jelle is investigating the sedimentological history of the Rising Star Cave system in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. his work will integrate lithological characteristics and facies associations of specific chambers in the cave system, with detrital zircon-based provenance studies, geochronologic and geochemical analyses. This extraordinary cave system has recently seen a lot of scientific and media attention due to the 2013 discovery of the largest concentration of hominid fossils ever recorded in a single location in Africa, belonging to the new species Homo naledi.