Presenting Australopithecus sediba

  • April 13, 2010

On April 8, 2010, Thursday last week, Professor Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand unveiled a new find at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind.

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.

Lee Berger and Australopithecus sediba

Professor Lee Berger with the Australopithecus sediba fossils.

Cranium of juvenile skeleton of Australopithecus sediba

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.

Lee Berger at Maropeng

Professor Lee Berger arranges the fossils in Maropeng’s exhibition room.

Australopithecus sediba fossils

The sediba fossils were discovered at the Malapa caves at the Cradle of Humankind.

Australopithecus sediba fossils

“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.

Australopithecus sediba fossils

The fossils that nine-year old Matthew Berger and his father found were of a young male and adult female.

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