Become a bone detective ….

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Half day walking tour of fossils in the Cradle of humankind The Maropeng Visitor Centre recently launched a new walking tour to give amateur paleoanthropologists insight into the exciting fossil record to be found in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. The new half-day tour called Bone Detectives is an introduction to human evolution […]

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Sediba Australopithecus goes on display again at Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind

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More on Australopithecus sediba See http://www.lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/wits-scientists-reveal-new-species-of-hominids What? The fossils of Australopithecus sediba The adult female specimen, MH-2, will feature in a new display called More secrets of sediba revealed, along with other fossils from the Malapa site in the Cradle of Humankind Where? They will be exhibited once again at Maropeng When? from September 9 to September 26. […]

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More tours of fossil sites in the Cradle of Humakind

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Another fossil tour I blogged on the tours to Swartkrans in the Cradle of humankind  http://lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/cradle-of-humankind-fascinating-tour-of-our-originsn but now there are opportunties to visit Cooper’s Cave, a relatively new excavation site in the Cradle of Humankind, with Wits University palaeoanthropologist Christine Steininger. For R350 per person, including lunch, you get to explore the cave, interact with Christine while she explains fossils […]

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Wits Scientists reveal new species of hominids

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SEDIBA: NEW HOMINID SPECIES A team led by Professor Lee Berger, a renowned palaeoanthropologist from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (aka Wits University) has described and named a new species of hominid, Australopithecus sediba, almost two million years old, which was discovered in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, 40 kilometres out of […]

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Tours for the public to explore a newly discovered fossil site in the Cradle

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TOURS OF CRADLE OF HUMANKIND From Maropeng’s February 2010 newlsetter On April 10, Maropeng and iHominin will give budding palaeontologists a rare opportunity to explore a 1.5-million-year-old fossil site. Cooper’s Cave, 1.2km from the famous Sterkfontein Caves near Johannesburg, is a relatively newly discovered fossil site, where several species of animals and a number of […]

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Cradle of Humankind: fascinating tour of our origins

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SWARTKRANS CRADLE OF HUMANKIND WHERE EARLY USE OF FIRE HAS BEEN FOUND Another great opportunity here in Jozi.  Yesterday, two friends and I visited Swartkrans, near Sterkfontein in the Cradle of  Humankind.   What a wonderful day!  One of South Africa’s 8 World Heritage sites, the Cradle is rich with fossil-bearing cave deposits spread over 13 different […]

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Star gazing and the southern skies

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NIGHT SKIES IN THE BUSHVELD Am very excited as I’m off to the Kruger Park this coming week-end, leaving the guesthouse in the very capable hands of Zac, Catherine and Thandi. My locum Olga, who moves in with her husband Dick, takes over my daily tasks and role in the running of the guest house. I can barely […]

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