Lee Berger and his team found the extraordinarily well-preserved remains of a juvenile male and adult female of a new species, .The hominids had fallen down a deep sink hole and were then covered by calcified sediment in an underground pool.Museum displays on human evolution are open to the public at Maropeng, on the edge of the World Heritage Site, and at Sterkfontein.
Multiple artistic expressions provide proof that during the successive reigns of the Pharaohs, the aristocracy was in a position to breed dogs selectively. However, only remains of sheep dating that far back have been found at these sites. Vasco da Gamas diary refers to the Khoikhoi and domestic dogs in southern Africa: "They have many dogs like those of Portugal which bark as do these." "The only other domestic animal was the dog.
From the Sahara into the Sahel Neolithic communities along the lower river Nile joined forces and laid the foundations for the Old Kingdom . By that time the dog had moved beyond the borders of present day Egypt. Early Iron Age sites recorded the presence of the dog: During the Stone Age, Khoikhoi herders reached the most southern tip of Africa by the beginning of the CE.
This dolomite band contains some of the best-known australopithecine sites in the world.
Kromdraai, Swartkrans and Sterkfontein, for example, appear in every major textbook on human origins.
They were probably omnivorous, eating mostly plants and some meat, somewhat like chimpanzees.
Their bones ended up in the dolomite caves because they were hunted by leopard, hyena and sabre-toothed cats which did use caves, or by accident, as in the case of the recent discovery.By the year 800 it was part of all indigenous communities.Possible foreign impact by: Blood samples from desert bred Saluqis in the Middle East and Native African Dogs in Kwa Zulu-Natal (South Africa) indicate an ancient genetic relationship between these dogs. For more information on the genetic diversity and structure in indigenous Afri Canis dogs from southern Africa, click here.Human Origins South African scientists have been actively involved in the study of human origins since 1925 when Raymond Dart identified the Taung child as an infant halfway between apes and humans.Dart called the remains , southern ape-man, and his work ultimately changed the focus of human evolution from Europe and Asia to Africa.In South Africa, scientists usually find australopithecine remains in breccias in dolomite.