Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Where is the Cradle of Mankind?

MAROPENG.CO.ZA: Within the [Sterkfontein] caves, scientists have discovered many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than 4-million years, to the birth of humanity. The most important and most famous of these fossils are “Mrs Ples”, a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull, and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is more than 3-million years old. These fossils, both found in the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind, tell us much about the precursors of modern humans, Homo sapiens.

SHOOT: Some of the oldest evidence of hominids has been discovered in Ethiopia and a 7-million-year-old Toumai fossil from Chad. But it seems the Sterkfontein Caves provided a sancturary for early man for a very long time. Many thousands of centuries.
clipped from www.sowetan.co.za

ON WINTER weekends us city types don’t want to get out of bed too early to take long drives.

That’s why The Cradle, a 3000 hectare World Heritage site is an ideal weekend jaunt for jaded city slickers. It’s a short distance, no more than an hour’s drive from both Jozi and Pretoria , and there’s more than enough in The Cradle to soothe you back to normal.

If you do find yourself early on a Saturday in The Cradle, on Kromdraai Road, weaving through the misty countryside, you’ll be in the company of ribbons of cyclists – the Cyclelab riders – who move in almost endless echelons into the heart of The Cradle and out again from the Montecasino area. So if you want to find the area without looking on a map, follow the riders from about 6am onwards.

The Cradle gets its name from the fossils that have been discovered in this area.

They made this area their home for a long time. Our ancestors are said to have lived in this area for more than 3million years.

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