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Sterkfontein : early hominid site in the Cradle of Humankind

Author: Amanda Esterhuysen
Publisher: Johannesburg, South Africa : Wits University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sterkfontein provides an easy-to-read overview of the geological and fossil history of the Sterkfontein Valley in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Most famous for 'Mrs Ples' and 'Little Foot', the Sterkfontein Caves have produced more australopithecines than any other site in the world since excavations began in the 1930s The fossil record - comprising thousands of animals, plants and hominids - is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Guidebooks
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Esterhuysen, A.
Sterkfontein.
Johannesburg, South Africa : Wits University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608647754
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amanda Esterhuysen
ISBN: 9781868144211 1868144216
OCLC Number: 156810100
Description: 63 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 x 21 cm
Contents: Caves : time capsules of the earth. 2.5 billion years ago : dolomite, stromatolites and inland seas ; ± 20 million years ago : the creation of a cave ; From 4 million years ago : narrow shafts and death traps --
Opening the time capsule. 1880s onwards : gold, lime and fossils ; A moment in time : from a "little foot" to a complete skeleton --
Telling the story of our evolution. 6 million years ago : common ancestors and family trees ; 4 million years ago : the importance of a full skeleton ; 2.4 million years ago : Australopithicus africanus. The environment ; 2 million years ago : the flat-faced hominid ; 2 --
1 million years ago : early technology and Homo ergaster --
Out of Africa.
Responsibility: Amanda Esterhuysen.

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Part of a series of short books on South Africa's World Heritage Sites, this guide to Sterkfontein provides an overview of the geological and fossil history of the Sterkfontein Valley. It also  Read more...

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