Caves of the Ape-Men

South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
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  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Dimensions and Pages: 257x307mm, 160pp
  • EAN: 9781868145102
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 450.00
  • Recommended Price (USD): 60.00

The unique fossils featured in Caves of the Ape-Men were excavated at cave-sites which today are clustered within the first World Heritage Site to be proclaimed in South Africa under the auspices of UNESCO.

This is a hard back, full colour, coffee table book which includes excellent visuals of the area, a brief account of its history, and an accessible assessment of its importance for understanding the emergence of hominids – the early creatures transitional between the great apes and man – and, later, some of the earliest representatives of our own species.

The publication is based on short text boxes interspersed with illustrations of key fossil specimens as old as four million years. Also included are reconstructions of how these hominids might have appeared and the dramatic landscapes within which they were discovered.
Three scientific books on different aspects of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site have appeared recently. No informative, lavishly illustrated book has, however, been produced for purchase by the many international and local tourists who visit the area. As Sterkfontein is the richest single fossil hominid site in the world it deserves to be promoted as one of the foremost tourist attractions in Africa, along with half a dozen other local sites also immensely rich in fossil specimens.

Together, these sites proclaim South Africa as one of the key areas which saw the emergence of human ancestors in the distant past.

Prof Ron Clarke is a paleoanthropologist and the late Prof Timothy Partridge a geologist/paleo-climatologist, both at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. They have both been associated with the discoveries made in the Cradle of Humankind area for more than thirty years.

Chapter 1. Discovery

Chapter 2. Land, Life and Time

Chapter 3. Nesting in Trees

Chapter 4. Chewers of Roots

Chapter 5. The First Handymen (by Kathleen Kuman)
Chapter 6. Denizens of Woodland and Savannah

Chapter 7. Where to from Here?

Chapter 8. Where to Visit and What to See (by Susie Jordan Partridge)

Map of Selected Venues in the Cradle

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