Fast facts: Who is Harry?

  • August 26, 2013

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Harry is about 14-million years old. He was born in the Cradle of Humankind. He is the official spokesperson for the Maropeng Visitor Centre because of his age and vast knowledge of the Cradle.

Harry is a very close relative of modern humans.

Harry is also famous as being one of the very few tweeting hominids in the world – there is also his friend Lucy, Australopithecus afarensis, in Ethiopia.

Harry loves the sciences, all sciences – archaeology, astronomy, palaeoanthropology, to mention a few. He also loves maths. His biggest dream is to go into space one day.

Harry is single, and has no children. He is looking for a life partner. He lost his first love when she fell into a death pit – as was the fate of many other hominids in the Cradle. He went on a date recently, but it didn’t work out.

“The conversation was very one-sided, and there really is not much of a future for a relationship when your date is a gender-confused fossil. No offence, ‘Mrs Ples’,” says Harry.

He has done lots of travelling – his last overseas trip was to Germany to represent Gauteng at the ITB Berlin 2011 tourism convention.

Harry loves meeting people and talking about the Cradle. He enjoys sport and supports the Springboks, Bafana Bafana and the Proteas.

His weekends are spent meeting the many visitors who come to the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng. When all the visitors have left, all the fossils and hominids get together for a huge “family” supper and the party carries on for hours.

On his off days, you will find Harry relaxing around the pool of the Maropeng Boutique Hotel.

He is best friends with Brendon Billings, who does the Bone Detectives tours, as well as Morris Sutton, who does the Swartkrans walking tours, and Maropeng’s resident astronomer, Vincent Nettman.

Harry has often been asked which foods he likes – as a hominid in the prime of his life, he has to watch what he eats. His diet is made up mostly of raw fruits and veg, but he is not averse to a good braai or the great Sunday carvery at the Tumulus Restaurant.

He keeps fit by running up and down the tunnels in the Sterkfontein Caves.

Harry has had a very sweet tooth since he discovered chocolate. 

He admits to having a huge fear of arachnids. “I could face a sabre-toothed tiger, but spiders, no way.”

Follow Harry on Facebook ( and Twitter (@harrythehominid).

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