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Brand South Africa hails discovery of Homo naledi

Brand South Africa applauds the team of scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand and other volunteers, on their discovery of a new species of human relative – Homo naledi – at the Cradle of Humankind.

World’s oldest dinosaur eggs to hatch their secrets – 200-million years later

How do you study tiny 200-million-year-old fossilised dinosaur embryo bones, at a resolution of .006 millimetres? Scan them in a synchrotron under high-energy X-rays generated by a kilometre-wide ring of electrons travelling at .99% of the speed of light.

Women cavers on underground fossil hunt

An international team of six scientists – all women, and all recruited on social media – are set to explore a recently discovered cave deep under South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind to recover the fossil remains of an ancient human species that may shed new light on our origins.

Uncovering South Africa's latest fossil find

Uncovering South Africa’s latest fossil find

Excavations will soon begin on a new site at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa's Gauteng province to investigate a find of "significant" fossils suspected to be those of our very early human ancestors.

Cradle of Humankind is our human heritage

In the 19th century, Charles Darwin predicted that the origins of humankind would be traced back to Africa. With its rich fossil finds, the latest a new species called Australopithecus sebida, it seems the cradle is rightfully known as the birthplace of humanity.
SA unearths new human ancestor

Lucy home after 5-year US tour

Ethiopia’s grand old lady Lucy – the 3.2-million-year-old fossil discovered in 1974 – has come home after touring the US for the last five years. One of the tour's aims was to boost Ethiopia’s profile as a tourism and science destination.
A new boost for an old science

Swartkrans gets heritage plaque

The fossil-rich Swartkrans Cave has received its national heritage site plaque. It joins a host of world heritage sites in South Africa, most particularly its neighbour, the Cradle of Humankind.
Heritage agency charts new course

A new boost for an old science

The new Palaeosciences Centre of Excellence at Wits University will focus on increasing palaeontological research and making South Africa's relatively unresearched fossil heritage more accessible to the public.
Fossils tell the mammal story

Old Fourlegs – a fishy tale

Had it not been for the passion of a self-trained South African naturalist, the discovery of a living specimen of the rare coelacanth around this time in 1938 may never have happened.
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Angola a fossil hotspot

After 27 years of civil war Angola is rising from the ashes and, with its vast, previously unexplored expanses, is becoming known as a treasure chest for palaeontologists.

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