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Cradle of Humankind - Flora

Xerophyta retinervis in habitat at the "Cradle of Humankind" (a World Heritage Site in Kromdraai, Gauteng, South Africa). Spotted Aloes (Aloe greatheadii var. davyana) and Proteas (Sugar Bush) are scattered throughout the grasslands.


"Mrs. Ples" (Australopithecus africanus) was found in this area in 1947, and is currently the oldest human fossil found to date. This gave rise to the idea that Africa is the "Cradle of Humankind".


In 2008 two fossilised skeletons of a new species of early human "Australopithecus sediba" were discovered.


Winter, June 2007.


Best viewed LARGE.




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Taken on June 14, 2007