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author1Thalassa Matthews. Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town 8000, South Africa
and DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand Private Bag 3, Wits, 2050, South Africa.

Dr Thalassa Matthews studies fossil micromammal (mice, rats, shrews etc.) and frog remains from archaeological and palaeontological sites. Her research includes sites dating from the Pliocene and Quaternary from the west, south and east coasts of South Africa, as well as the Cradle of Humankind (Gauteng Province), and focuses on using the microfauna from fossil sites to provide a palaeoenvironmental context for research into climate change and the development of 'modern' human behavior.

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author2Anton du Plessis. CT Scanner Facility, Central Analytical Facilities, Paul Sauer Building, Bosman Street, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa/Physics Department, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa.

Anton du Plessis is staff scientist and manager of the Stellenbosch University CT (computed tomography) facility. As an open access facility, he makes available industrial X-ray tomography technology to researchers and companies with low rates and fast turnaround times. As a physicist he is involved in method developments and new applications of technologies. For more information on research interests see: http://blogs.sun.ac.za/ctscanner/research/ 

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