South Africa's Sterkfontein Caves produce 2 new hominin fossils

Two new hominin fossils have been found in a previously uninvestigated chamber in the Sterkfontein Caves, just North West of Johannesburg in South Africa.

The two new specimens, a finger bone and a molar, are part of a set of four specimens, which seem to be from early hominins that can be associated with early stone tool-bearing sediments that entered the cave more than two million years ago.

“The specimens are exciting not only because they are associated with early stone tools, but also because they possess a mixture of intriguing features that raise many more questions than they give answers,” says lead researcher Dr Dominic Stratford, a lecturer at the Wits School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental studies, and research coordinator at the Sterkfontein Caves. Read more.


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The Brooklyn-based by way of Johannesburg, South Africa artist Jean-Phillip Grobler, a.k.a. St. Lucia got a lot of attention in the blogosphere with the release of his single, “We Got It Wrong.” His self-titled EP will be released by Neon Gold Records which will drop on Tuesday. Prefix premiered the video for “We Got It Wrong” and it’s a video with some unusual, seemingly drug-influenced visuals.

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There are some photos that remind you how lucky children in the U.S. are. This photo of South African girls putting on donated ballet shoes is one of those.

I’m trying to imagine en pointe in ballet shoes three sizes too big for you and I can’t. Still, I’m sure these girls feel lucky to have the equipment.

via The Sacramento Bee

(credit: Denis Farrell caption: Aspirant ballerinas try on ballet gear received from American dancer Nathan Cheney at the Ballet Theatre’s Development Programme in Johannesburg, Thursday, April 26, 2012. The young girls, Left to right, Raisise Mokowena, Ogechi Opara and Khumo Kgara, will take part in the production “Giselle’ currently running at the Johannesburg Nelson Mandela Theater.)

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