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Scibraai Monday Menu #2: Overberg’s new crab and hyena hair, among others

          In our new Scibraai slot, we take a very brief look at a few new research papers from South Africa. Scibraai Monday Menu #2 introduces a new crab species found in the Overberg. It features the use of aloes to extract gold, the secrets of fossilized hyena hair from the…

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Species without boundaries: a new way to map our origins

by Francis Thackeray, University of the Witwatersrand More than 145 years ago, Charles Darwin argued that Africa was the continent from which humans evolved in prehistory. We now know he was right. We have the evidence to prove from prehistoric remains that our distant human relatives go back at least seven million years. Certainly, the fossil…

Mens braai al van toeka af lekker

Wanneer Suid-Afrikaners ’n tjoppie op die kole sit, doen hulle iets wat die moderne mens se voorsate al derduisende jare gelede die eerste keer gedoen het. Waar presies kom braai vandaan? Dit is hier in Suid-Afrika, by Swartkrans in Gauteng en naby die fossielryke Sterkfontein, waar prof. Bob Brain, paleontoloog, die oudste bewyse van die…