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Field Notes: A Visit to an Early Human Death Trap [Videos and Slide Show]

Could a recently discovered species from South Africa be the ancestor of us all?

By Kate Wong

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Nearly two million-year-old skull of a young male Australopithecus sediba, a fossil human species recently discovered in South Africa.....[ More ]

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Skeleton of the young male A. sediba, one of two largely complete skeletons recovered thus far at Malapa.....[ More ]

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Rolling, rocky hills of the John Nash Nature Reserve and the Malapa Nature Reserve.....[ More ]

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Two kudu, a type of antelope, nearly disappear against the rugged terrain in and around Malapa.....[ More ]

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Old miners’ track, cleared of overgrowth, leads to Malapa.....[ More ]

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Visitors head up the trail to Malapa.....[ More ]

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Giraffes and other game animals abound in the protected area around Malapa.....[ More ]

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Paleoanthropologist Bernard Wood of George Washington University inspects the mining pit at Malapa, where the two skeletons and some remains of several other individuals were found.....[ More ]

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Berger, standing in the mining pit, points out features of the site.....[ More ]

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End of hominin shinbone pokes through the sediment at Malapa, waiting to be excavated.....[ More ]

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