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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Cradle of Human Kind

Some facts from the Cradle of Human Kind, which has quite an interesting website in terms of content but is not particularly well designed aesthetically or navigation wise.
There are now 730 cultural and natural sites of "exceptional universal value" listed on the
World Heritage List from 118 countries worldwide.
Africa has more than 83 cultural and natural heritage sites in 29 countries. The fourth South African site, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, was listed in 2000.Three South African sites were listed in December 1999 - the Cradle of Humankind Fossil Hominid Sites (of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and Environs), the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park and Robben Island.
More than 500 hominid fossils, thousands of animal fossils, over 300 fragments of fossil wood, and over 9 000 stone tools discovered in these caves and more are being found.
With current research methods scientists are able to determine whether the fossils walked upright, or on all fours. This is done by scanning skulls that have a middle & inner ear. This information gives details on balance and hearing. In addition, with the latest technology, samples of teeth can provide details of what was eaten.


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