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Sterkfontein has produced some of the most famous hominid fossils in the world, together with a range of other fossils of animals and plants.The site has a very high concentration of fossils – the highest in the Cradle of Humankind – which, as a whole, has produced more fossils of early hominids than any other site on Earth.Sterkfontein has also yielded stone artefacts that are up to almost 2-million years old, and are the oldest dated stone tools in Southern Africa.Palaeontologist Dr Robert Broom began to recover fossils from lime mining activities at Sterkfontein in 1936.Palaeoanthropology is the scientific study of hominid fossils and their cultural material and origins.Sterkfontein is home to one of the world’s longest running palaeontological excavations.
In 1957, Dr CK “Bob” Brain of the Transvaal Museum found stone tools in a miners’ dump and Robinson and Revil Mason used a grid system to excavate in the stone tool area.
And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man.
All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died.
If confirmed, this discovery would have tremendous significance for our understanding of the evolution of life in the universe.
The research was published in the August 31 issue of the journal Patterns in a rock specimen from the Isua formation in southwestern Greenland are interpreted as the fossilized remains of features known as stromatolites.It is more than a bit ironic that the discovery of these most ancient organisms, the earliest life forms so far identified, was made as a result of global warming, which threatens a mass extinction of life on Earth.