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[LISTEN] The journey to Little Foot’s discovery

| Professor in Paleoanthropology at Wits University says he discovered four-foot bones in a box of animal fossil at Sterkfontein which belonged to australopithecus in 1994.

JOHANNESBURG - Professor in paleoanthropology at Wits University Ron Clarke says he first discovered four-foot bones in a box of animal fossil at Sterkfontein which belonged to an australopithecus in 1994.

He says they were first thought to be animal bones and later he discovered another box of bones at the university and that is how the discovery of the fossil of a woman, buried deep in the caves of Sterkfontein for almost 3.5 million years ago, came about.

The fossil, known as Little Foot, is significant as it’s one of the most complete skeletons found in southern Africa and one of the oldest.

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