Quest Volume 14 Number 1 2018

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

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Unlocking pinnacle point: from tape measure to tripod - Using novel technology to unlock the past - The Palaeo-Agulhas plain: An ice-Age refuge for Homo Sapiens Richard Cowling explains how early modern humans could survive an ice age - People on the Palaeo-Agulhas plain - Curtis Marean tells us how our ancestors lived -Pinnacle point geology – Why early humans could live there - Hayley Cawthra explains the local geology - Features - Building a local team excavating pinnacle point provided undreamed of opportunities - Why do herbivores eat some plants more than others - Peter Carrick shows why herbivores chose what they eat - I am an animal scientist and that’s my superpower, what’s yours? Achieving dreams - The NSTF brilliants programme - South Africa’s young innovators - News - UCT researchers discover bone disease in a 265 million-year-old mammal ancestor - First-ever unveiling of ground-breaking Sterkfontein discovery turns a crucial page in the story of humankind - Thinking big by burning small: Creative management of grazing through the use of small fires can draw back herbivores to grazing areas that are avoided by animals .