Historic meeting of archaeologists: PAA 2014 congress

  • July 24, 2014 | Erna van Wyk, University of the Witwatersrand | Category: News

Sixty years after the Nationalist government of South Africa withdrew its support to African-related archaeology in 1948, the Pan African Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies (PAA) have finally reached Johannesburg and South Africa.

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Can life exist out there? Dr Kevin Hand presents PSSA 2014 keynote address

  • July 22, 2014 | Erna van Wyk, University of the Witwatersrand | Category: News

NASA scientist, engineer and explorer, Dr Kevin Hand, enthralled the 500-strong audience in the Wits Great Hall with his special public lecture, titled Bringing two worlds together: how Earth’s past and present help us search for life on other planets.

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South Africa is the best place for digging: PSSA conference 2014

  • July 17, 2014 | Erna van Wyk, University of the Witwatersrand | Category: News

“We all try to answer one fundamental question: Where do we come from?” Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research at Wits University, said as he opened the 18th Biennial Meeting of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) on Friday, 11 July 2014.

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Of bones and brains

  • July 16, 2014 | Sarah Came | Category: News

Any trip to Maropeng will be enlightening and fascinating, and you will always come away a more knowledgeable person. But if you really want to know about what makes us human and how evolution works, you need to ask a “bone detective”.

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‘Take context seriously’ – Adam Habib

  • July 09, 2014 | Colin Ford | Category: News

Wits University vice-chancellor and principal Professor Adam Habib says school leavers should seriously consider the palaeosciences as a field of study at university.

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Wits hosts biggest gathering of Southern African fossil hunters

The biggest gathering of professional and amateur palaeontologists in Southern Africa will take place this coming weekend (11-14 July 2014) at Wits University, when the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) converges for its 18th Biennial Conference.

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Say no to plastic bags this International Plastic Bag Free Day

  • July 03, 2014 | Category: News

The first thoughts that come to mind when one hears the word “Hawaii” are of a sunny island with idyllic white beaches and pina coladas – not the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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Save the date: the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa’s 2014 biennial meeting

The Evolutionary Studies Institute (ESI) at Wits University is proud to be the host of the 2014 biennial meeting of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, taking place from 11 to 14 July 2014.

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July happenings at Maropeng

  • July 01, 2014 | Category: News

There are some fabulous offerings at Maropeng this July – from discovering hidden underground gems to viewing the mysteries of the sky above.

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Kids take a trip back in time at Maropeng’s Visitor Centre

Prehistoric humans, fossils and a glimpse of Earth thousands of years ago kept the learners of Monaghan Montessori School enthralled as they recently toured Maropeng’s Visitor Centre.

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