A SEARCH FOR ORIGINS, science, history and South Africa's "Cradle of Humankind"

: Bonner (P.), Esterhuysen (A.) & Jenkins (T.) eds.

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313 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2007

 

Foreword by Phillip V. Tobias.

A history of the "Cradle of Humankind" (bordering Gauteng and the North-West Province), and of the important human and animal fossils that have been discovered there.

Contents include "White South Africa and the South Africanisation of Science: humankind or kinds of humans?" by Saul Dubow,
"Fossil Homonids of the 'Cradle of Humankind'" by Kevin Kuykendall,
"The Emerging Stone Age" and "The Earlier Stone Age" by Amanda Esterhuysen,
"Rock Engravings in the Magaliesberg Valley" by David Pearce,
"The Myth of the Vacant Land" by Philip Bonner,
"Tswana History in the Bankenveld" by Simon Hall,
"The Early Boer Republics: changing political forces in the 'Cradle of Humankind', 1830s to 1890s" by Jane Carruthers,
"The Story of Sterkfontein since 1895" by Phillip V Tobias,
"The South African War of 1899-1902 in the 'Cradle of Humankind'" by Vincent Carruthers, and
"Voice of Politics, Voice of Science: politics and science after 1945" by Philip Bonner, Amanda Esterhuysen and Trefor Jenkins.

Historian Philip Bonner, archaeologist Amanda Esterhuysen and geneticist Trefor Jenkins are all academics based at the University of the Witwatersrand.