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Sterkfontein Caves, World Heritage Archaeological Site, Krugersdorp, West Rand, Central Gauteng.

Over 50% of all hominid discoveries in the world were found here. In 1947 the skull of the 2.5 million-year-old hominid, Mrs Ples (Plesanthropus transvaalensis) was discovered in this labyrinth of dolomitic caves. The fossil was later renamed when it was found to be of the same species as the Taung child (Australopithecus africanus), the earliest known ancestor of man to walk upright, found in 1924 in the Northern Cape. There are daily tours of the caves as well as a restaurant and museum. Sterkfontein is on the R563 northwest of Krugersdorp, which is on the N14 southwest of Pretoria. AHSterk


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