Cradle of Humankind - Conference Venue Muldersdrift

The Cradle of Humankind is a world heritage site situated in the Gauteng province of South Africa.
Pembi Cradle of Humankind Conference Centre Gauteng
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The Cradle of Humankind


The Cradle of Humankind lies mainly in the Gauteng province with only a small part extending into the neighboring North-West province. The site comprises a strip of dolomitic limestone caves containing the fossillised remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and most importantly, hominids. The biggest and best-known of the caves is Sterkfontein, where over 500 hominid fossils and over 9 000 stone tools have been found.

At least seven of the twelve sites at The Cradle of Humankind have yielded hominid remains. In fact, together these cave sites have produced over 850 hominid fossil remains, so that to date they represent one of the world's richest concentrations of fossil hominid bearing sites.The scientific value of this area lies in the fact that these sites provide us with a window into the past, to a time when our earliest ancestors were evolving and changing. Scientists have long accepted that all humans had their origins in Africa.

The area was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. Although it is on privately owned land, any finds belong to the world, and the area is strictly controlled and protected.

 

 

 


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