When al-Qaida invaded the historic city of Timbuktu, Malian librarian Abdel Kader Haidara worked under the cover of night to save thousands of ancient manuscripts - documenting African knowledge in astronomy, poetry, religion and science - from the extremists.
Tsitsikamma’s Big Tree is once more open to the public – the ancient Outeniqua yellowwood was inaccessible for 36 months because of roadworks in the area.
New evidence has emerged that 72 000 years ago ancient Southern Africans used fire to treat stone before making tools. Researchers say this signals a breakthrough in human evolution.
Bone fragments found in a cave in KwaZulu-Natal shed new light on the hunting habits of our ancestors and indicate that inhabitants of the area used arrows a lot earlier than is accepted by experts.