Earth is into its sixth mass extinction, say scientists

It is generally accepted in the scientific community that our planet has experienced at least five mass extinctions since life began, and that the sixth has already begun.

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Modern development threatens Northern Cape prehistoric site

  • August 18, 2014 | Category: News

Modern-day growth is threatening to isolate thousands of ancient relics at one of South Africa’s richest early prehistoric sites in the Northern Cape.

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Recycle tins and cans, says Harry the Hominid

Recycling food tins and beverage cans makes good “cents”, says Harry the Hominid. “Not only does recycling save the environment, but it can earn you a little pocket money too.”

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Skeletons in the closet: Maropeng Murder Mystery

Join forensic anthropology expert Dr Patrick Randolph-Quinney and Maropeng’s Bone Detective, Brendon Billings, for an evening of murder, mystery and forensic anthropology at Maropeng this August.

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Some mind-blowing facts about our galactic home, the Milky Way

  • August 11, 2014 | Stuart Dickinson

From the far reaches of space, the galaxy we call home is but a pinprick of light set against the vast obsidian backdrop of the universe. Amazing, then, to think that it contains some 200-billion stars and stretches about 100 000 light years across in diameter.

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Uncovering the origins of science and technology in Africa: Professor Lyn Wadley talks complex cogni

  • August 07, 2014 | Category: News

Professor Emeritus Lyn Wadley’s talk on Stone Age tools and interpreting the cognitive abilities of Stone Age humans was a highlight of National Science Week, a celebration of all things scientific and wonderful at Wits University from 4 to 9 August 2014.

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Celebrating our early female ancestors – the women of the Cradle

  • August 05, 2014 | Category: News

National Women’s Day (9 August) is a day for celebrating the women of our country, a day to honour those who marched South Africa towards the realisation of a gender-equal society.

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FW de Klerk – another step on a never-ending journey

  • August 04, 2014 | Issued by the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Management Authority | Category: Media Releases

Nobel Peace Laureate and former president FW de Klerk was at Maropeng on 29 July 2014 to imprint his footprint, in celebration of the common ancestry of all people alive today.

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FW de Klerk leaves his footprint on the Cradle of Humankind

  • July 30, 2014 | Sarah Came | Category: News

On 29 July 2014, former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate FW de Klerk left his footprint at a place where the human journey began.

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Licking fossils, tipping rainbows and getting lost in the stars

  • July 30, 2014 | Colin Ford | Category: News

I was recently privileged to get a front-row seat in the Great Hall at Wits to hear a lecture delivered by Dr Kevin Hand, a real-life NASA scientist and National Geographic explorer, at the opening of the PSSA Conference at Wits University. To say I was captivated would be an understatement.

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