The main exhibition hall has a bewildering array of interactive educational displays, including of course, life-size models of our human ancestors, based on the fossil finds around the site. ORIGINS: FOSSILS FROM THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND will bring to life years of scientific research tied to the Perot Museum’s recently launched Center for the Exploration of the Human Journey, a global hub for education, communication and research in the study of human origins. Fossil sulfur-eating microbes from about 3.4 billion years ago have also been found there as well. Download this 14-page guide to the key hominin fossils found across the continent, and the story of human origins and evolution. It is rich in Triassic and Early Jurassic dinosaurs. Remains of other early species of Australopithecus have been found in East Africa. 1.) “Today’s announcement represents years of work by so many dedicated scientists and demonstrates a remarkable collaboration between the Perot Museum, Wits University, National Geographic Society, and numerous government and cultural entities within South Africa,” said Berger. But by about 1-million years ago, Paranthropus was extinct. Scientists have been collecting parallel evidence across the Pacific Ocean since the early 1900s. Sterkfontein Caves The immense Sterkfontein Cavesystem is one of the richest fossil sites in the world, and is credited with providing over a third of the early hominid fossils found across the globe, prior to 2010. Most paleoanthropologists believe that this human ancestor arose in East Africa, where several younger Homo erectus fossils—as well as the likely remains of older Homo species—have been found. Perhaps the most famous specimen of Australopithecus is “ Lucy,” a remarkably preserved fossilized skeleton from Ethiopia that has been dated to 3.2 mya. The presence of Glossopteris was used as supporting evidence for the revolutionary theory of “continental drift” during the mid 20th century. Hominids – the ancestors of modern humans – first emerged about seven million years ago, in Africa. The University of Witwatersrand (Wits University), the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in the U.S. and the National Geographic Society have partnered to bring the rare fossils of two recently discovered ancient human relatives (Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi) to the U.S. for the first, and likely only, time to be featured in the limited-run exhibition – ORIGINS: FOSSILS FROM THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND. The find includes the remains of two adults and a child in the Lesedi Chamber of the Rising Star Cave system, … This opens a new window, so when you are finished, just close the Google Earth page and you will be straight back here to continue browsing other world heritage sites around Africa. Cryolophosaurus › Heterodontosaurus South Africa. Although it is only one of several sites in Africa which deserve the accolade ‘Cradle of Humankind’, no other site provides such a rich visitor experience. About 300 million years ago Earth entered what’s known as the Permian period. The genus name, meaning “southern ape,” refers to the first fossils found, which were discovered in South Africa. The world heritage property has provided an extraordinary wealth of fossils and other evidence tracing the evolution of humankind from our earliest hominid ancestors, over a period of 3.3 million years. Here there is another superb exhibit hall, shop and restuarant complex, and guided tours into the caves. Few fossils have been unearthed from the last days of the dinosaurs, between 100 and 66 million years ago, on the continent. Its kind were first discovered in East Africa. The Makapans Valley was declared part of the world heritage site in 2005 … Yet he adds that it's a bit early to label the find a new species. The site was added to the world heritage site in 2005 and is located about 350 km west-south-west of Sterkfontein in North West Province. After Homo habilis there was Homo ergaster, regarded by some researchers as the early African form of Homo erectus. 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