OLDEST HUMAN CANCER FOUND IN SA FOSSIL

Cancer on a Paleo-diet? Ask someone who lived 1.7 million years ago.   Johannesburg, South Africa – an international team of researchers led by scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute and the South African Centre for Excellence in PalaeoSciences today announced in two papers, published in the South African Journal of … Continued

Turtles did not evolve shells for protection.

Eight-year-old South African boy discovers early turtle fossil that solves the mystery of why the turtle got its shell. It is common knowledge that the modern turtle shell is largely used for protection. No other living vertebrate has so drastically altered its body to form such an impenetrable protective structure as the turtle. However a … Continued

Taung – Back to the drawing board?

The Taung Child, South Africa’s premier hominin discovered 90 years ago by Wits University Professor Raymond Dart, never seizes to transform and evolve the search for our collective origins. By subjecting the skull of the first australopith discovered to the latest technologies in the Wits University Microfocus X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) facility, researchers are now … Continued