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Not enough evidence to back claims that humans originated in Europe

Friday 26 May 2017 08:02

Africa is not the cradle of humankind: that’s the claim by a group of scientists who’ve just published what they describe as evidence of pre-human remains found in Eastern Europe.


Homo Naledi’s discovery is Africa's largest collection of hominin fossils, 15 individuals pieced together from over 1 500 fragments.
Cradle of Humankind to unveil largest display of human fossils

Saturday 25 February 2017 06:31

The Cradle of Humankind outside Johannesburg will unveil possibly the largest display of human fossils anywhere in the world on March 18.


A round up of science news making headlines
Scientists grow human embryo outside of mother, and other science news

Friday 6 May 2016 20:19

Scientists have for the first time  grown human embryos outside of the mother for almost two full weeks into development.


While primitive in some respects, the face, skull, and teeth show enough modern features to justify H. naledi's placement in the genus Homo.
Homo Naledi should get a date: Paleoanthropologist

Saturday 12 September 2015 13:10

University of Johannesburg Paleoanthropologist, Stephanie Edwards Baker says the new human species, Homo-Naledi should have been dated before being announced.


A new human species has been revealed at the Cradle of Humankind on Gauteng's West Rand, called the Homo-Naledi.
Homo-Naledi is not our ancestor: Motshekga

Friday 11 September 2015 11:00

The Founding President of the Kara Heritage Institute, Dr Mathole Motshekga, says human origins cannot be explained solely by fossils and skeletons.


 Homo-Naledi   consists of more than 1 550 numbered fossil elements.
SA needs to invest in paleontological sciences: Pandor

Friday 11 September 2015 08:00

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says there is a need for South Africa to ensure that its research investment is fully focused on paleontological sciences.


A new species of dinosaur discovered by Wits researchers featured in this week’s Science Wrap.
Science Wrap: 27 August, 2015

Thursday 27 August 2015 14:35

Catch the latest international and local science news, be it astronomy, archaeology, palaeontology, health, physics, space exploration in the Science Wrap.


Dinosaur eggs get ready to hatch their secrets-200 million years later

Monday 22 June 2015 09:25

The secrets of the embryonic dinosaurs whose parents roamed South Africa 200 million years ago are finally in the process of being hatched.


Furry forerunners: Jurassic arboreal, burrowing mammals unearthed

Saturday 14 February 2015 10:59

Early mammals still managed to make their mark during the Jurassic Period.


 The oldest snake fossil dated from about 102 million years ago.
Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Wednesday 28 January 2015 07:00

Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized.


The upper hand: study points to early tool use by human ancestors

Friday 23 January 2015 06:20

Human ancestors may have been capable of using tools much earlier than previously thought.


 Excavation for fossils will begin in the next few days.
Excavation for fossils begins at the Cradle of Humankind

Friday 8 November 2013 20:31

A new excavation for fossils will begin in the next few days at the Cradle of Humankind, north-west of Johannesburg.


Fossil fish find in China fills in evolutionary picture

Thursday 26 September 2013 06:47

Scientists in China have discovered what may be the earliest known creature with a distinct face, a 419 million-year-old fish that could be a missing link in the development of vertebrates.


The fossils are kept at the National Museum of Kenya.
Two-million-year old human found in Kenya

Thursday 9 August 2012 18:51

Researchers studying fossils in Northern Kenya have discovered a new species of human that lived about two million years ago.


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