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The Cradle of Humankind

To the west of Johannesburg, in a valley scattered with unremarkable koppies, shrubs and the odd tree – dry in winter and green in summer – lies the 47 000 hectare World Heritage Site known as the Cradle of Humankind.

Visitor Centre MaropengAbout 40 different palaeo-anthropological sites, including Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, Coopers B and Wonder cave, have unearthed some of the world’s most important fossils.

Mrs Ples (make that Master Ples, as some believe), dates back some 2.5 million years, and Little Foot, completely excavated only in late 2005, is an almost complete ape-man skeleton that is 3.3 million years old. Continue Reading