Something new out of the Cradle of Humankind

Cherry, Micheal I. (2010-04)

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Pliny the Elder, the Roman diarist of 2000 years ago, noted that ‘there is always something new out of Africa’. Perhaps it is time for us to be more specific and say that there is ‘always something new out of the Cradle of Humankind’. This rich World Heritage Site north-west of Johannesburg has given us at least six sites with fossils of early human ancestors and now, compliments of Lee Berger and his team at Wits, we have a new one called Malapa.

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