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Although 74 years have elapsed since the discovery at Taung of the first Australopithecus fossil, and despite intensive fieldwork in East Africa and 32 years of non-stop excavation at Sterkfontein, there has not been a discovery to date of a reasonably intact skull and associated skeleton of an ape-man. This is an account of the extraordinary series of events that led to just such a discovery and a preliminary assessment of the significance of the fossil, which is still largely embedded in the Member 2 breccia of the Sterkfontein Caves near Krugersdorp, South Africa.
Australopithecus Fossil, Krugersdorp, South Africa, Sterkfontein Caves, Taung And Taxonomic Status
South African Journal of Science, Vol. 94, no. 10 (1998-10).
Academy of Science for South Africa (ASSAf)
Clarke, Ronald J., "First ever discovery of a well-preserved skull and associated skeleton of Australopithecus" (1998). KIP Articles. 1969.