Coming to America: South African fossils edition

Posted on October 04, 2019 — Dr Keneiloe Molopyane

National Geographic has described the discoveries of these two remarkable fossils as “one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century”. The Cradle of Humankind remains the only World Heritage Site in Gauteng, as well as one of the most prolific sites in the world in terms of the discovery of fossils of ancient human ancestors and extinct animals.This is a fantastic opportunity for the international audience to come face-to-face with two iconic fossil remains from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, reflect on the human journey and what it means to be human.

The Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind is set to open for public viewing on October 19###sup/sup###, 2019 and will remain on display for 6 months. As the curator of the Maropeng and Sterkfontein Visitor Centre, and a member of the Rising Star excavation team, I am beyond excited to be attending the exhibition event. Not only will I be attending the opening of the exhibition, but I will also be given the opportunity to embed with the Perot museum’s exhibition team and learn about the intricate details that go hand in hand with an exhibition of this nature. I am really looking forward to this new adventure and the prospects of bringing this exhibition back to South Africa.