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“Little Foot” has been excavated using airscribes, which operate using compressed air.To remove overlying layers and expose cave breccia, jackhammers and crowbars can be used in situations where solid breccia has first to be broken open to expose fossils.Since 1966, work at Sterkfontein has been undertaken mostly by scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand, which owns the site.Excavations and dating have been conducted by Professor Phillip Tobias, Alun Hughes, Professor Ron Clarke, Dr Kathy Kuman, Professor Tim Partridge and others.Radiocarbon dating analyses may be carried out on diverse natural materials such as lake sediments, groundwaters and surface waters, tree-rings, ice-cores, corals, soils and air.Please discuss your proposal with the appropriate ANSTO Contact Scientist before submitting your proposal as they will assist you in making the correct capability selection.

Palaeontologist Dr Robert Broom began to recover fossils from lime mining activities at Sterkfontein in 1936.For samples such as sediment and DOC in water, the sample size depends on the organic carbon content.