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The Cradle of Humankind

An hour outside the city of Johannesburg is an expansive territory of 47 000 hectares,  filled with limestone caves and fossil sites, and has been declared the Cradle of Humankind. 

The Cradle, so named was the earliest area in which evidence of our ape-like ancestors was discovered, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Through UNESCO the Cradle is known as the Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa and includes sites within Gauteng and the North West provinces of the country, dating back to 4.5 and 1 million years ago.