PAST supports field and lab research spanning the entire palaeontological and Stone Age archaeological records, in all parts of Africa. How do we do this? Through funding small exploratory projects as well as well-established, interdisciplinary projects that are collaborations of international teams at both little and well-known fossil sites. The 20-year excavation, cleaning, reconstruction, casting, and analysis of Little Foot - a virtually complete female skeleton buried deep in South Africa’s Sterkfontein Caves for some 3.7 million years - was funded by PAST. Our research support is also visible in the work done in our four Human Heritage Hubs — Sterkfontein Caves, Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania), the Turkana Basin (Kenya) and the Afar Rift (Ethiopia). All PAST-funded research projects are committed to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, by actively promoting the leadership of the African scientists involved, the involvement of fresh-minded students, and the long-term stability of African institutions.

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  1. Robert Blumenschine

    10 August 2018

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I'm helping PAST raise funds this #GivingTuesday - today 27 November 2018

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