The Conversation Africa has asked Dr Julien Benoit to discuss five important moments in palaeontology you may have missed during 2018, and what they mean. These include some major fossil finds, a new understanding of our reptile ancestors and a major controversy which could rewrite human history.
Five Reasons Why 2018 Was a Big Year for Palaeontology
The Conversation Africa, 12 December 2018
A lot happened in the world of palaeontology in 2018. Some of the big events included some major fossil finds, a new understanding of our reptile ancestors and a major controversy… Read more »
The dinosaur Ledumahadi mafube - reconstructed in this illustration - made headlines in 2018.
Little Foot's skull (file photo).
For the past 20 years, Professor Ron Clarke from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University has worked painstakingly to chisel Litte foot, ... see more »
Palaeontology - A Way of Reaching Into the Past to Build Lessons for the Present
The Conversation Africa, 30 September 2018
South Africa has an unparalleled fossil record of prehistoric life. It also holds a key position within the African nursery of humankind. And so, the country's palaeontology tells… Read more »
Ledumahadi Mafube – South Africa's New Jurassic Giant
Wits University Press, 27 September 2018
A team of international scientists, led by Professor Jonah Choiniere from Wits, described a new species of a giant dinosaur that has been found near Clarens. Read more »
New Species of Dinosaur Found in South Africa
News24Wire, 27 September 2018
A new species of dinosaur, roughly double the size of a large African elephant, has been discovered in the Free State. Read more »
4-Million-Year-Old Skull Is Similar to Ours
News24Wire, 26 June 2018
For 23 years the intricacies of a 4-million-year-old cranium fossil discovered in the Jacovec Cavern in the Sterkfontein Caves remained a mystery to researchers. Read more »
What It's Like Curating Ancient Fossils - a Palaeontologist Shares Her Story
The Conversation Africa, 20 May 2018
Not many people can say their working days involve living in the past - but as a museum curator, that's a big part of what I do. Read more »
Professor Ron Clarke from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand has unveiled 'Little Foot', the country's "oldest, virtually complete fossil ... Read more »
Wits paleoanthropologist Professor Lee Berger said that the age of the Homo naledi was "startlingly young" and that it is likely the species lived alongside Homo sapiens. Read more »
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