Homo Naledi goes virtual

Thanks to funding received from the Royal Society of South Africa, Scibraai will be publishing a few new science stories in the coming months by local journalists. First up is an insert about Dinaledi VR, the world’s first free mobile palaeoanthropology virtual reality app. It provides virtual access to the underground Dinaledi chamber in the…

Who are the big names in South African science?

Lee Berger (#Homonaledi). Tim Noakes (#banting). Glenda Gray (#MRCpresident). Bob Sholes (#climatechange). Himla Soodyall? Salim Abdool-Karim? Bruce Rubidge? Jill Farrant? Can you place these names, and associate a specific hashtag to each of them? They are among South Africa’s most visible scientists, according to a study published in the South African Journal of Science.   The…

5 Reasons the world went crazy about #HomoNaledi

[NEW EPISODE] Not sure what all the hype and controversy was about? Here’s our 5-point guide to #HomoNaledi, this decade’s biggest archaeological find. Like what you saw? Subscribe to our YouTube channel for locally-sourced brain food hot off the SciBraai coals About The SciBraai Show The SciBraai Show helps you avoid awkward silences and boring conversations…

From the Cradle to the grave? #NalediFossils

First published on wildonscience.com | #NalediFossils   They moved the bodies in one at a time, from the old with their worn teeth to newborn babies. If they had been modern humans, the Dinaledi Chamber would have been called a burial site. But the creatures are not human. Homo naledi (“naledi” means star in the local Sotho…

[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      

The next best thing to a time machine

A “man” stands naked in the centre of the studio. In the dim light cast from a lamp on a nearby table, you can see the threads of muscles running down his arms and cording up his legs. But something is wrong: his chest does not expand with air, he does not shift his balance,…

Meer fossiele as ooit tevore gekry

Meer menslike fossiele is al in die nuwe Rising Star-grot gekry as wat paleontoloë sedert 1935 in die Wieg van die Mensdom versamel het. Prof. Lee Berger van die Universiteit van die Witwatersrand (Wits) se Instituut vir Evolusionêre Studies het aan Die Burger vertel dat 1 500 individuele fossiele al in dié grot digby Sterkfontein gevind…