Fossil faunal and floral assemblages , both marine and terrestrial, make for distinctive marker horizons.They build up over time so that that the layers at the bottom of the pile are older than the ones at the top.In 1966, Ian Watt developed a greatly extended grid system, before Professor Phillip Tobias and Alun Hughes began their excavations.Fossils and artefacts are extracted from the cave site by drilling and breaking the breccia.
Sterkfontein is home to one of the world’s longest running palaeontological excavations.
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We cannot be sure if the rock layers with the same fossils are identical in age.
Paleomagnetic dating[ edit ] A sequence of paleomagnetic poles usually called virtual geomagnetic poles , which are already well defined in age, constitutes an apparent polar wander path APWP.