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Cradle of Humankind

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The oldest hominid fossils were discovered in Gauteng in an area now christened The Cradle of Humankind and remains of our ancient ancestors continue to be found here. The most recent discovery, Australopithecus sediba, was made in 2010 and is 1.977 million years old. Other notable remains found in the area include Mrs Ples, a 2.3 million year hominid skull and the mysterious Little Foot, discovered in 1995 and thought to be over 3 million years old. Ancient animal and plant fossils also discovered here suggest that this hot and relatively dry region of South Africa, was once part of a tropical rainforest where giant monkeys and sabre-toothed cats roamed the land.

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 Entrance to trail off the R511 (10km south of the R105 junction)

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