Presenting Australopithecus sediba
Discovered by Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, at the Malapa caves at the Cradle of Humankind, the partially complete skeletons are the remains of hominids that lived almost 2- million years ago.
Professor Lee Berger with the Australopithecus sediba fossils.
The fossils are almost 2 million years old.
The fossils being prepared for the 10-day exhibition at Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind.
Professor Lee Berger arranges the fossils in Maropeng’s exhibition room.
The sediba fossils were discovered at the Malapa caves at the Cradle of Humankind.
“Sediba"is a Sotho word meaning “well”, or “spring”, or “fountain”. The name was chosen as Berger believes this fossil will prove a fountain of knowledge about early hominids.
The fossils that nine-year old Matthew Berger and his father found were of a young male and adult female.
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