Cradle of Humankind
Mrs. Ples), A. sediba (a woman and a young boy), A. prometheus (
Little Foot), and Homo naledi (the Taung child). The Sterkfontein caves are the best known, but Rising Star cave also has yielded many discoveries. Study of the area began in the 1920s and 30s with the work of Raymond Dart of the Univ. of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and Robert Broom of the Transvaal Museum, Pretoria. The Maropeng visitor center, in the shape of an ancient burial mound, traces the development of modern humans and their ancestors over the last few million years.
See B. Hilton-Barber and L. R. Berger, Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind (2003); T. Partridge, Caves of the Ape-Men (2010).
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