Journey to South Africa

Picture by Adam Nemeroff

Picture by Adam Nemeroff

Through a program funded by Dartmouth College, I was able to go on a trip to experience South Africa in many different ways. This site will present the project that I have been planning and working on since the fall term with the results an conclusions that I have made by studying the two first metatarsal fossils from Sterkfontein that are now displayed at Witswaterstrand University in Johannesberg. However, the trip was so much more than simply finding answers to finish my project. I saw so many fossils that I only heard about in lectures, met scientist whose research I have read and discussed, learned how an excavation site works by excavating at Malapa and finding a hominin fossil (!), saw animals and learned about their behaviors and diets, studied the diverse ecology of South Africa, stayed at Kaus! Lodge where students interacted with the San people, went on a tour and saw the cell that Nelson Mandela was in during the apartheid, and investigated the landscape where hominids seem to show creative behaviors such as paintings on caves and perhaps even wielded fire. The trip was so much more beyond the scope of my project, and I am so thankful for everyone who were a part of this experience.