Excursion to Kromdraai in the Cradle of Civilisation
Prfoessor Jose Braga
Sun, 25/06/2017 - 09:30
Car Park, Sterkfontein Caves

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In 1938 a schoolboy named Gert Terblanche found a jawbone and some teeth in a cave in Kromdraai. Dr Robert Broom heard of the discovery and began excavations at the site. He was able to partially reconstruct the skull, together with its lower mandible which was found in 1944. This was the first discovery of a Paranthropus robustus. The Kromdraai site in the Cradle of Civilisation, a short distance from Sterkfontein Caves and Swartkrans, is where the first Paranthropus fossils were found. Paranthropus lived about 2.5 to 1 million years ago. To date 29 hominid specimens have been recovered.

Professor José Braga who has been 
excavating the site for the past few years will give us a talk on the site and show us around. Professor José Braga of University of Toulouse in France is a bioanthropologist specialising in growth, hearing and 3D imaging systems. He has excavated in South Africa, France, Egypt and Mongolia. He is Deputy Director of the CNRS Research Team ―Computer-Aided Anatomy and Palaeoanthropology‖ at University of Toulouse and also a Member of the National Committee for Scientific Research (CoNRS), France (2016-2021).

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