Ain Maarouf (Pleistocene of Morocco)

Also known as l'Ain Maarouf

Where: Morocco (33.6° N, 5.3° W: paleocoordinates 33.6° N, 5.4° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Pleistocene (2.6 - 0.0 Ma)

• Found duing the digging of an irrigation channel. Fossils and Acheulean artefacts found on surface and in situ. 'They were all said to be from the Middle Terrace, dated as Tensifian. All fossils are dark coloured, yellow-brown or black.' The channel is now underwater. Similar in date to Tighenif, approx 0.7-0.8Ma.


Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: bulk,

• Collection housed in the Faculte des Sciences, Rabat.

Primary reference: D. Geraads, F. Amani, and J. J. Hublin. 1992. Le gisement pleistocene moyen de L'Ain Maarouf pres de El Hajeb, Maroc: presence d'un hominide. Comptes Rendues de l'Academie des Sciences, Paris, Serie II 314:319-323 [A. Turner/H. O'Regan/H. O'Regan]more details

Purpose of describing collection: archaeological analysis

PaleoDB collection 34332: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 27.08.2003

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Taxonomic list

 Struthioniformes - Struthionidae
Struthio sp. Linnaeus 1758 ostrich
 Primates - Hominidae
"Homo erectus" = Pithecanthropus erectus
"Homo erectus" = Pithecanthropus erectus Dubois 1892 human
 Perissodactyla - Equidae
 Carnivora - Hyaenidae
Crocuta sp. Erxleben 1777 spotted hyaena
 Proboscidea - Elephantidae
 Artiodactyla - Hippopotamidae
Hippopotamus cf. sirensis Pomel 1896 hippo
 Artiodactyla - Bovidae
Bovini indet. Gray 1821 antelope
? Tragelaphini indet. Blyth 1863 antelope
Parmularius ambiguus Pomel 1894 antelope
Rabaticeras ? arambourgi Ennouchi 1953 antelope
Connochaetes sp. Lichtenstein 1812 wildebeest