Dinosourus-kenner prof Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan. Foto: Peter Rudden

“Kry die dino-tannie se handtekening, Ma

  As jy gelukkig genoeg is om ‘n ouer te hê wat ‘n dinosouruskenner is, sal jy absoluut geen idee hê hoe dit voel om die kind van ‘n eertydse Latyn-onderwyseres te wees nie. Want waar jy gewoond is om ‘n hele paar “wow’s” te kry wanneer mense vra wat jou ma-hulle dan doen, is…

Theodore Roosevelt on a hunting safari, somewhere around 1900. Photo: Wikipedia?library of Congress

“Puff adders don’t smell … like anything” – meerkats, dogs

These little guys learn much faster than dogs apparently, at least when it comes to learning how to pick out a snake’s scent from a line-up. A photo posted by Anina Mumm (@aninja_m) on Jan 11, 2016 at 12:19pm PST In this photo, Ash Miller, a Wits post-grad, demonstrates how she trained meerkats to recognise…

Die olifante het egter spontaan die navorsers gevolg wanneer hulle na ’n voorwerp of in ’n rigting gewys het, sonder dat hulle dit geleer is.

Olifante weet toe klaar van rondwys

Die werk van ’n span navorsers wat gereed was om olifante iets te leer was klaar gedaan, want dié diere kon dit reeds self doen. Wanneer mense die aandag van ander wil trek, wys hulle na iets – gedrag wat van jongs af gebruik word. En dit is presies wat dr. Richard Byrne van die…

A designer cap for beetles. Photo provided by Prof Marcus Byrne.

Scarab the dung beetle

IN THE MIDDLE of the Kalahari, Scarab goes about his daily business, or rather, the business of some unsuspecting antelope. As dung beetles of his species do, he collects pellets dropped by desert animals, while they’re still fresh, rolling them along to his nest in the sand. The sun is climbing as the day ages,…

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[LIVE STREAM] Follow major fossil announcement by Prof Lee Berger’s team

One of the greatest fossil discoveries ever is set to by announced and unveiled by Prof Lee Berger’s team at the University of Witwatersrand at 10:00. Follow it here: http://streaming.wits.ac.za/live/index.html       Like this:Like Loading…

An artist’s impression of Pulanesaura

Yet another new SA dinosaur discovered at Heelbo

A Christmas visit to South Africa and an introduction through friends to palaeontology experts from Wits University have had exciting scientific consequences for New Zealand student Blair McPhee. It has provided him with the honour of taking the lead in describing yet another new South African dinosaur species. He is the lead author of a…

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A bridge builder of note – even into the past

From invasive plants clogging up rivers to ecological restoration, from Karoo and fynbos veld to palaeontology, bulbs and early man – these are some of the diverse topics that energise and interest plant ecologist Prof Karen Esler. “My whole career is marked by a collaborative approach, working on the interface of different disciplines,” explains Prof…