Little Foot

Little Foot’s skeleton is amongst the most exciting of South African fossil finds. Discovered in the fossil-rich Sterkfontein Caves, the almost-complete early hominid skeleton provides scientists with important insights into human evolution. more

Kirky the dinosaur

Kirky – officially named Nqwebausaurus thwazi – is one of the favourite dinosaur displays in the Stone Bones of the Ancient Karoo exhibition at Cape Town’s Iziko South African Museum. His fossilised remains were found in the Eastern Cape in 1996, and he is the first dinosaur to bear a Xhosa name. more

The Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng

The Cradle of Humankind is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa. Here, the landscape is dotted with subterranean limestone caves that have turned up a rich fossil record for human evolutionary studies, which lend credence to the 'Out of Africa' theory of where our ancestors came from.  more

West Coast Fossil Park, Western Cape

The West Coast Fossil Park near Langebaan north of Cape Town has one of the world’s richest concentration of fossils dating back to the early Pliocene era five million years ago. Once sabre-toothed cats roamed this land, along with short-necked giraffes, four-tusked elephants and strange, three-toed horses. more

In search of South Africa's meteor impact sites

The most visible meteor impact site in South Africa today is the Tswaing Crater, 40km north of Pretoria. Surrounded by dense bush, it resembles a giant swimming pool when viewed from above. more

Mapungubwe World Heritage Site

About the time of the Dark Ages of Europe, the royal court at Mapungubwe in Limpopo welcomed traders and men of influence from Arabia and the Far East. Only in recent decades have the fascinating details of this ancient city been uncovered. more

South Africa's Pre- and Ancient History

The ancient history of South Africa allows one to climb the most ancient rocks on earth, walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, and discover the very emergence of humankind. more