This morning began early with a drive out to the Cradle of Humankind. Colin Menter and Andy Herries were really kind to allow us to visit their excavation at Drimolen, which is a stunning site with a lot of continuing potential for new discoveries.
Here’s a view of the rim of the cave, as it is today:
That’s just the top, where the light is hitting the rock, the fossil-bearing sediments and breccias are not in the picture.
Here you can see more of the site, with the team already busily at work, excavating there in the shadows:
Drimolen has produced some beautiful published remains of Australopithecus robustus, including most of a cranium (DNH 7), and some published teeth of early Homo. Such a wonderful place, and great to hear the story of the site more fully.