VISIT TO THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
Trip to Sterkfontein
We took trip to Sterkfontein, the site called the Cradle of Human kind. The site is situated on the
The Sterkfontein caves located within the Isaac Edwin Stegmann Reserve about 10 km from Krugersdorp. These caves were donated to the
On our way to the cave with the tour guide called Rufus Mokwena, we observed different tombstones like stones written different types of species that included the following:
- Lystosaurus, a mammal like reptile from
Karoowhich is believed to be 245 million years ago and it was believed to be a vegetarian.
- Foot of Australopithecus from Sterkfontein, which is believed to be 3.3 million years old.
- Mrs Ples, Australopithecus africanus from sterkfontein which is believed to be 2.6 million years of old.
- Massospondylus, a
dinosaur. Believed to be 200 million years old and it was found at mapungubwe. South Africa
Inside the cave
We went to cave guided by the tour guide. He told us that the main entrance is man made and it was made to make it easy for the people to enter safely. He said that the old entrance was natural made but it is difficult and not safe to use that entrance that is why it was closed off. Inside the cave it is scary but not dark because there are electric lights to provide with lights. While we were inside we watched the video which was about the story of a little foot which we didn't see because the place was closed and we were not allowed to enter. The foot is believed to be 3.5 million years old.
We saw different rock formations, of which most are the dolomite rocks forming different shape structures like an elephant, a mother carrying a child and map of
Museum or hominid exhibition hall
We went to the exhibition hall where we saw different types of hominids fossil, skulls, teeth, bones and stones that were discovered, forming this process of evolution. These hominids fossils were named and dated according to their years of existence. The different pictures and portrait of earliest hominids, modern human, chimpanzees and gorillas were shown.
It was very very interesting for me for now i know what I dint know before. The other thing I have learned was to have trust to somebody. Like the scientist because the evidence is there to support what they are saying.