National Science Week 2017: Science rocks!

It is National Science Week and the newest edition of Science Spaza, supported by DST-NRF CoE Palaeo, is celebrating palaeosciences! The edition is titled “Science rocks!” and features a profile interview on the work of Aviwe Matiwane, a PhD candidate in palaeo-botany at Rhodes University, as well as many other ‘rock science’ and related facts … Continued

CoE Palaeo grantee a FameLab Finalist

24 March 2017 Congratulations to Aviwe Matiwane, who has today at the semi-finals of FameLab SA 2017 held at Wits, been chosen as a Finalist! Aviwe spends her time between Rhodes University and the Albany Museum looking at Glossopteris that were deposited on the supercontinent of Gondwana. She is a recipient of a Doctoral Bursary … Continued

Prestigious Palaeosciences Honours Bursary

The Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) in collaboration with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE-Pal) is offering a Prestigious Palaeosciences Honours Bursary to an exceptional graduate. Candidates should demonstrate that they will be pursuing their Honours Degree with a supervisor who has a proven track record of excellent supervision.

Sterkfontein celebrates 80 years

Scientific American has written up a tribute feature celebrating the 80th anniversary of Robert Broom’s discoveries at the Sterkfontein caves that gave rise to the area being renamed the Cradle of Humankind. Read the article here: The Fossil That Rewrote Human Prehistory

Pioneer Palaeontologists of South Africa

  Atherstone, William Guybon (Dr) b. Nottingham, England, 1814–d. Grahamstown, 1898 Field/s of interest and study Medicine (pioneer anaesthetist), Geology, Palaeontology, Fauna, Flora Career highlights Qualified as medical doctor in Europe and then assisted in father’s practice in Grahamstown; played important roles in public life (parliamentarian and initiator of Grahamstown Albany Museum, library and botanical … Continued