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Cradle of Humankind
Archeological dig site in the highveld where the skull of an Australopithecus africanus dating back 2.5-million years was found.
The archeological dig site where the skull of "Mrs Ples", an Australopithecus africanus dating back 2.5-million years, was found. The fossil provided proof that Australopithecus could be classified as a member of the Hominidae (the family of humans) and established Africa as the Cradle of Humankind. The area contains a number of palaeo-anthropological sites which have yielded valuable evidence of the evolution of modern humans over the past 3.5 million years, on their way of life, and on the animals with which they lived and on which they fed. The landscape also preserves many features of that of prehistoric man.
Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
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