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Our starch cravings date back to cave dwellers

​Starches have been dietary staples for even longer than we thought

NLC funds breathe life into the West Coast Fossil Park

Funds from the NLC contributed towards the design and construction of of museum and visitors centre and the creation of many visitor experiences

Fossil teeth reveal new facts about a mass extinction 260 million years ago

A study has found that a local event rather than a global shift in climate caused the mass extinction in South Africa

Scientists bag more than 1 000 fossils at Cradle ‘treasure trove’

Less than a month since excavation began at the Cradle of Humankind after a "spectacular" fossil find, scientists have found more than 1 000 fossils.

Wanted: Small-chested, skinny scientists for deep excavation

World-renowned archaeologist Professor Lee Berger has specifically recruited a group of small-chested scientists to help with his latest project.

Fossil find rocks the Cradle

Hominid bones located in Georgia could rule out Australopithecus sediba as a human ancestor.

World first as SA scientists unearth 250m-year-old fossilised embrace

The discovery by South African scientists of a 250-million-year-old fossilised embrace between two animals, has been hailed as a world first.

Study: Climate change wiped out Australia’s giant beasts

Gigantic animals that once roamed Australia were mostly extinct by the time humans arrived, a new study has shown.

‘Ancestor’ fossils show evolving early humans

Research into two-million year old fossils has found a genus of early humans that were right in the middle of evolving.

New 2-million-year-old fossil fox found in Sterkfontein

A two-million-year-old fox fossil has been discovered at an archaeological dig at the Cradle of Humankind in Sterkfontein, researchers announced.

Fossil hunters unearth massive mega-wombat graveyard

Scientists have found a huge deposit of bones of the rhino-sized wombats that roamed Australia in the time of super-kangaroos and tree-crocodiles.

Jurassic fleas discovered in Mongolian lake

The remains of giant Jurassic fleas that sucked the blood of ancient animals more than 100-million years ago have been discovered in Mongolia.

Twenty-million-year-old ape skull found in Uganda

Ugandan and French scientists have discovered a fossil of a skull of a tree-climbing ape in Uganda's Karamoja region, the team said on Tuesday.

Dinosaur find lends weight to asteroid theory

The ancient remains of a horned beast uncovered by fossil hunters in Montana belong to the last known dinosaur to walk the Earth.

Skull of my country

<i>Nechama Brodie</i> discovers the strange alchemy of bone, stone, paper, paint and dust.

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