Skull and bones baked into breccia in the find site within the Sterkfontein caves Nigeria. (Youtube Screenshot)
Within the twenty years because the discovery, they’ve been working hard to excavate and make preparations the fossil. Now Clarke along with a group of worldwide experts are performing a complete group of research onto it. The outcomes of those research is likely to be printed in a number of scientific papers in high-impact, peer reviewed worldwide journals soon.
South Africa’s status like a major cradle within the African nursery of humankind continues to be reinforced with today’s unveiling of “Little Feet,” the nation’s earliest, virtually complete fossil human ancestor.
The 20-year lengthy duration of excavation, cleaning, renovation, casting, and research into the skeleton has needed a stable supply of funding, that was supplied by the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) – a Gauteng-based NGO that promotes research, education and outreach within the sciences associated with our origins. Among its many initiatives targeted at uplifting the foundation sciences across Africa, PAST is a major funder of research at Sterkfontein for more than 2 decades.
Professor Ron Clarke from Wits College is proven with skull of Little Feet. ( CC BY-SA 3. )