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September 18 2012

Professor Helps Find Million-Year-Old Artifacts


The discovery of an ancient bone in South Africa has brought scientists one step closer to a more complete understanding of human evolution.

Britt Bousman, professor of anthropology at Texas State, participated in the excavation of a human tooth and stone tools dating back approximately one million years ago.

Bousman worked alongside James Brink, head of the Florisbad Quaternary Research Department at the National Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa, who led the excavation. Bousman dated the excavation site in collaboration with Andy Herries of Australia’s La Trobe University using a technique called paleomagnetism. Bousman and his team recently published a journal on human evolution where they debuted these discoveries to the public.

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