Much to be Discovered: Cradle of Humankind Pre-History

To a non-paleoanthropologist, the names Sterkfontein and Kromdraai may not mean much…but, that’s about to change. These are two limestone cave systems that make up the World Heritage Site known as the Cradle of Humankind. This South African site is the richest place for hominin fossils in the world. The sheer number of hominin fossils found at Sterkfontein and…

Meet Mrs. Ples: 4 Facts about The Australopithecine

On April 18, 1947, the Mrs. Ples fossil saw the light of day for the first time in millions of years. The skull, which is the most complete skull of Australopithecus africanus ever found, was excavated in South Africa by scientist Robert Broom. Broom made the discovery at the now famous cave site Sterkfontein. Remembering the discovery…