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Fossils, Stars & Skinny Scientists…Valda 7:12pm 31 Jul
Words: Sue Adams, Pics: Sue Adams, Wits University and National Geographic
When an advertisement reads, ‘Skinny people needed’ who would imagine that it’s to do with exploring one of the most exciting fossil finds in the world? But that’s who palaeoanthropologist Lee Berger – on this year’s Time magazine list of The 100 Most Influential People – was looking for to get at fossils hidden in a deep cave in the Cradle of Humankind.
These skinny cavers had to be able to enter Rising Star Cave, in the Bloubank River valley near Krugersdorp, go through a tunnel called Superman’s...
CRADLE TO THE GRAVE – STERKFONTEIN, MAROPENG AND MORERHolmes 12:10pm 30 May
Words and pictures by: Richard Holmes
Driving along the N14 through the rather unattractive outskirts of Johannesburg, it’s hard to imagine Australopithecus africanus and their prehuman buddies hightailing it across this dusty piece of Highveld - pursued by sabre-toothed cats and long-legged hunting hyenas.
Keep with the dreary N14; take a right at the Krugersdorp four-way stop and you’ll soon discover the incredible history of this corner of...