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Why The Cradle Of Humankind Is One Of The Most Precious Fossil Sites In The World

South Africa is home to a magnificent World Heritage Site, the Cradle of Humankind, which continues to yield fascinating and surprising stories of our origins and evolutionary history.  The First Adult “Ape-Man” Not exactly bestowed the catchiest or most memorable name, but TM 1511 was a huge deal. Discovered in 1936 by doctor and paleontologist Robert Broom, this was…

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Who Was The Taung Child?

It’s been called the most important anthropological fossil of the twentieth century, but it seems the significance of the Taung Child is often overshadowed by the more famous finds of Lucy, Little Foot or perhaps Mrs Ples. But it shouldn’t be. It all began in 1923 with a young British anatomist named Raymond Dart, who begrudgingly left…