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Memorial service for Philip Tobias 20/06

The world renowned palaeo-anthropologist Philip Tobias has left an extraordinary legacy.  (See  http://lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/tobias-at-84-still-sharp-witty-and-engaging )  A memorial celebration of his life will take place on Wednesday  20th June at 5pm in the Wits Great Hall.  RSVP to 011 717 1327 or babalwa.july@wits.ac.za. by

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Become a bone detective ….

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 and how fossils provides clues about our ancestors who lived millions [...]

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

The fossils of Australopithecus sediba are to be exhibited once again at Maropeng,  from September 9 to September 26.   The adult female specimen, MH-2, will feature prominently in a new display called More secrets of sediba revealed, along with other fossils from the Malapa site in the Cradle of Humankind.     There will be tours which will be [...]

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Caught the last day of Life of Bone – great exhibition of art meeting science at The Origins Centre, Wits

The Taung skull – 2/5 million years old and very rarely displayed to the public, was on view at the Life of Bone exhibition which I just caught on the closing day last Tuesday 31st May.  I had seen the tiny skull of the 3 year old displayed in its 3 parts  at one if [...]

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More tours of fossil sites in the Cradle of Humakind

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 and the site, [...]

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