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Sediba Child
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We’re making history and we want you to be a part of it.

We’re proud to be a part of the Sediba Child campaign, which is proudly sponsored by Standard Bank in partnership with the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) and WITS.

Do you believe in evolution? If you ever had your doubts, Professor Lee Berger’s discovery of two of the most complete skeletons ever found from our human ancestors will make a believer out of you.

So what’s so special about this find?

Firstly, these fossils are from a new species called Australpithecus Sediba, which means Southern Ape. It is said that this species walked the African planes about 2 million years ago. What they were capable of is still a mystery but this find promises to help answer a lot of questions about where we’ve come from and who we are. This fossilised duo was found in a cave near the Cradle of Humankind just outside of Johannesburg and they’re in impeccable condition.

Secondly, these fossils are considered to be the most complete and well preserved remains of an adult woman and boy. The boy is said to be between the ages of 9 and 12. These fossils definitely knew each other in life, imagine if it was a mother and son – let your imagination run wild! State your claim in history and be a part of this awesome discovery.

It’s competition time

This boy needs a name. Name the boy and you could win R75 000 towards your education and R25 000 for your school. You could also win the naming rights of this fossil. The winner will receive a replica copy of the remains for their school. Share your name here, with a motivation and win.

You can enter this competition here: http://bit.ly/sediba.

For more information on this amazing find, visit http://web.wits.ac.za/NewsRoom/NewsItems/HOMINID.htm.




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Do you want to be a part of history and possibly one of the greatest finds of this decade?

If you have a Twitter account, visit
http://twibbon.com/join/Sediba-Child and show your support by adding the Sediba Child Twibbon to your Twitter profile picture.

Come on, get involved.


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In the first place the earth is about 6000 years old and humans were there from the beginning, we didn't evolve, we were created. My 10 cents worth.
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The 7th Annual Standard Bank PAST Keynote Lecture has become an exciting feature in our calendar, however this year the event was marked by the very special and exciting fossil find of the Australopithecus sediba. Fossil Finder Prof Lee Berger conducted the Lecture , entitled "A Child from the Cradle" and presented some interesting facts about the find, location and the preservation on the fossil. He also displayed some impressive 3D images of the find and location.

However, the lecture wasn’t the only thing that brought in the crowds, the audience was also there to learn the new official name of the Sediba Child.

The Sediba child has been on everyone’s lips for over a month and now the nameless child finally has a name, thanks to Omphemeste Keepile from Saint Mary’s School in Johannesburg.

Omphemeste decided on the name Karabo, she believes that this is the most appropriate name because “This is a name in Setswana meaning 'answer'. This name is appropriate as it indicates the existence of a solution. This fossil has acted as a solution in understanding the origins of humankind. It has helped researchers to seek much deeper into the information that they have and the information that they will acquire through this discovery. It has enabled them to broaden their former understanding of the concept of humankind.

This name is also appropriate as it not only suggests that answers are present but also that more answers will follow. It is also necessary to understand that as time continues, evolution will continue. So one day we will be the discoveries of another boy who will link us to himself. In that sense we will be “answers” to the continuation of evolution as it continues to exist. Karabo is a name of distinguishment of truth and discovery.”

We’re proud to have been a part of this momentous event in our history. We look forward to learning about the information these amazing discoveries hold. Congratulations to all who were involved in this great find.


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I admit it is not really easy to believe that evolution really exists. If you can look closer at the anatomical structures and genetic similarities of different organisms you can notice the truth about the organisms. Thus, evolution really exists.