Quest Volume 14 Number 2 2018

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (2018)

Magazine

Magazine

COVER STORIES: Studying chimpanzee language: how chimpanzee language is teaching us about our own, by Michael Wilson. A landmark in African marine science: Mark Gibbon explains the new EAF Nansen Programme. Studying the understudied: reptile diversity in African savannas field course, Robin Maritz and Bryan Maritz tell us about how reptiles are being used to teach students about scientific research and biodiversity. Surviving a super-eruption: Humans thrived in South Africa through the Toba super-volcanic eruption around 74 000 years ago, according to recent research. Using the archives to know where you are going, you must know where you have been. Reviewing archival news media for information on Namibia's marine life. Titus Shaanika tells us how to use history in science features. Bone accountancy: Engela Duvenage tells us how studying bones sheds light on the past. The evolution of brain size: new insights from Homo naledi: a recently released paper suggests that it is not simply large brain size that makes modern humans what they are. Quest investigates. Why studying African birds’ varied migration patterns is so important African bird migration patterns provide important information for conservation, by Les Underhill. South African ship and robots to uncover the future of climate change in South Africa: South Africa at the forefront of the science of climate change, by Subusiso Biyela. NEWS: A new archaeological investigation in Sibudu’s Howiesons Poort indicates the use of barbs in hunting technology. Global warming could spell disaster for king penguins. Cold-blooded pythons make for caring moms. REGULARS: Back page science, Mathematics puzzle, Book review.