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Introduction

Florisbad Quaternary Research
Fossil and osteological laboratory at Florisbad

The Florisbad Quaternary Research Department was established with the acquisition of the Florisbad fossil site in 1980, with the initial aim of excavating the Florisbad site and developing on-site research infrastructure. In March 1984, with the departure of Dr Ron Clarke, who was the scientist initially appointed, the research aim of the Department was redefined to be that of an interdisciplinary Quaternary research unit. However, in time comparative mammal osteology, as applied to the study of Quaternary mammal faunas, has become the main research focus of the Department.