Featured Pioneer Palaeontologist

Robert Broom

After a short stint in Australia, arrived at Cape in 1897; professor of geology and zoology at the University of Stellenbosch for several years; practised as a medical doctor in the Karoo where he studied synapsids and particularly therapsids – he described 369 therapsid holotypes; from 1934 he worked at the Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, excavating at Sterkfontein, Kromdraai and Swartkrans, trying to prove Dart’s claim that Australopithecus was a human ancestor

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