Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of humankind was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.
Its exceptional contribution, to our understanding of Humankind History, and development over more than 3 million years. It is about 40km north-west of Johannesburg. There are 15 major fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind of which the Sterkfontein Caves is the richest.
About 1000 hominid fossils have been discovered at Sterkfontein Caves. It is one of the richest and most productive Polaeo-anthrological sites in the world. The birth place of Humanity. Ancestors lived here for more than 3 million years ago.
Fossils on display are a testimony to the origins of Humankind. The Ape-man skull discovered by Robert Broom in 1947 is one of the fossils on display. The skull was later named Mrs. Ples; this skull rocketed Sterkfontein Caves into World prominence. The skull is estimated to be more than 2.3 million years old. Professor Ron Clarke discovered the little foot; an almost complete hominid skeleton aged about 3.5 million years old.