The Cradle of Humankind
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We packed Dulios car with 7 people and went to the Cradle of Humankind, another World Heritage Site. It took about an hour by car. It costs 175 Rand for the tour, which consists of two parts. The first is a guided tour of Sterkfontein, which is a cave that contains the worlds richest hominid sites. The cave contains an almost complete skeleton of Australopithicus, and the worlds earliest stone tools. So far, a total of 500 fossils have been found. Mrs Pleus, hangs out in the cave, and is approximately 2.6 million years old. Also, there is a lake in the cave, where one diver died trying to figure out the depth. Ultimateley this tour was a bit of a letdown, mainly because you don't get to see Little Foot's fossi, which is the star attraction of the cave.
Maropeng Interactive Museum can be grouped together with the cave tour. The tour describes the evolution of the earth, then evolution of animals, and then finally humans. As I learned here, the most famous hominid fossil, Little Foot, did not live in the cave we went through, but fell into the cave and died there. He was not discovered until 1994, when an archealogist found his bones in a box that was being processed. The archealogist then went into the cave and found the rest two days later. Little Foot is still being excavated today.
We left the museum to head into Johannesburg in Dulio's moto. We spent several hours lost and semi-lost. We finally parked the car and went into the fan fest which was empty. So we decided to head over to Nelson Mandela Park. It is located in Sandton City. ESPN is based there, and usually the square has a big screen tele set up, but since there were too many pick-pocketers, they shut it down. Instead we hung out in one of the bars in Nelson Mandela Park and watched Spain defeat honduras 2-0.