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Cradle Of Humankind-Sterkfontein

Cradle Of Humankind-Sterkfontein
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-29
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-25 3:56
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Cradle Of Humankind:-To notice such ancient fossils,I am ready to travel far.It was a great time to me to stand infront of our ancestors.
It is very dark inside and we can easily notice Limestone all over.Here and there marks of pre-historic lives.Flash light is prohibited.

A guide was with us to describe everything.
There is a lake inside of the cave.Once a man dived in to the water to measure the depthness,but unfortunately he died.

The Cradle Of Humankind is a World Heritage Site first named by UNESCO in 1999.This site currently occupies 47,000 hectares;it contains a complex of limestone caves,including the Sterkfontein Caves,where the 2.3 million year old fossils was found in 1947 by Dr.Robert Broom and John T.Robinson.

The name Cradle Of Humankind reflects the fact that the site has produced a large number,as well as some of the oldest,hominin fossils ever found,some dating back as far 3.5 million year ago.

After the World War2 Dr.R.Broom found this things.Numerous early HOMININ remains have been found at the site over the last few decades.This have been attributed to ASTRALOPITHECUS,early HOMO and PARANTHROPUS.

Sterkfontein is a set of limestone caves of special interest to PALEO-ANTHROPOLOGISTS located in Gauteng province,about 40 km Northwest of Johannesburg,South Africa.

Modern excavation of the caves began in the late 1890s by limestone miners who noticed the FOSSILS and brought them to the attention of scientists.
In 1936 Sterkfontain caves yielded the first adult AUSTRALOPITHECINE.

This FOSSIL was in the cave and it seems that a little boy was killed and feed by a Leopard with Baboon also in the cave.

Fossils have been dated by a combination of PALAEOMAGNETISM,electron spin resonance and uranium led methods to between 2.6 to 2 Ma.A.africanus fossil Sts 5(Mrs.Ples)is estimated to be between 2.2 to 2 million years old.

Thanks for your patience of reading and viewing..

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A very fascinating capture and notes Srikumar ... hope most of us will read and see it .
George Veltchev

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-25 4:55]

Hi Srikumar,a very original pic,it's nice to see something of different on TN and very interesting too,your note are really complete and the pic very very good despite the difficult light,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

hallo Sri
very nice picture with good details
thanks greeting lou

Hello Srikumar

You choose a fine POV with the lateral warm light
coming inside it, as Lucaiono wrote something of
different on TN, excellent details, TFS


Hi Srikumar
說真得你又開了一個新的里程碑 考古
謝謝你的說明 很有教育性 也有前瞻性的相片

Hello Srikumar,
Nice historical deviance of mankind you presented with good details.

Hi Sri,
Different picture for TN.
It's very interesting subject.Good light and framing.
Thanks for this different thing.


Hi Srikumar,
really interesting and unusual photo here. Interesting note. Perfect presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-08-25 10:41]

Hi Srikumar.
What a nice story and excellent illustration to it. I am impressed a lot with both. Your shot transmits a spirit of the ages perfectly. Shapes, shadows light rays play the key role of that. TFS and best regards.

Hello Srikumar,
I am impressed by this magnificent image and also by your comments...... The composition is very interesting. Very nice colors and outstanding clarity despite the light conditions.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-08-25 11:52]

Hello Srikumar,
Impressive photo! with an interesting note.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-08-25 12:08]

Hello Srikumar,
nice and much textured picture. Exposition is so good and what to say about those details? Perfect! I enjoyed reading those notes about it. This is a very good macro with excellent DOF.
Regards Siggi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-08-25 17:00]
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Hello Srikumar,
What a neat and unusual image you have captured. I have always loved viewing and finding fossils and this place seems to be a fossil hunters "dream come true".
Great job of photographing them under such adverse lighting conditions. I can only imagine the feeling you must have experienced of seeing something that hasn't been disturbed for ages by any human. TFS.

Impressive photo Srikumar! Interesting subject, very good composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness.

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