Durban, South Africa

Photo: South Africa Tourism, Addington Beach South Africa – The Zulu name for the coastal city of Durban is ‘eThekwini’ meaning ‘where the ocean and earth meet.’ Google Maps Natural WorldThe sardine run is an annual phenomenon during the South African winter. Shoals of sardines Sardinops sagax move from the waters of the Eastern Cape to those of KwaZulu-Natal …

Homo Naledi

Buzzwords Spotlight: Homo naledi / South Africa Caveshttp://elifesciences.org – http://elifesciences.org/content/4/e09561http://elifesciences.org/podcast/episode23 (podcast!)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Star_Cavehttp://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150910-human-evolution-changehttp://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/10/new-human-like-species-homo-naledi-found-in-south-africa.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/science/south-africa-fossils-new-species-human-ancestor-homo-naledi.htmlhttp://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/10/homo-naledi-small-spelunkers-required-how-an-advert-led-to-the-discovery-of-homo-naledihttp://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/homo-naledi-new-ancient-human-like-species-discovered-1.2347235http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/09/homo-naledi-rising-star-cave-hominin/404362Homo naledi: When nationalism, hype and science collidehttps://theconversation.com/homo-naledi-fossil-discovery-a-triumph-for-open-access-and-education-47726Ancient human remains raise intriguing questionshttp://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201843287/hanging-out-with-homo-naledi Embedded Tweets Planeta.com

Mossel Bay, South Africa

Photo: Russel J Smith, Mossel Bay Mossel Bay is unique for its combination of terrestrial and marine environments. It’s a place to hang out and a place to do stuff. Think of a place where cloudspotting meets sky diving. Some BackgroundMossel Bay is located on the coast of South Africa, located exactly half way between …

World Network of Biosphere Reserves, 2017 Status Report

Poster: Masurian Lakes Biosphere Reserve Publisher’s Note: We are editing and adding links to UNESCO Press Release The International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme meeting in Paris has added 23 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, including four that straddle national boundaries. These additions were made during the MAB …

Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind

Photo: Flowcomm, Visitors’ Center The Maropeng Visitors Centre – maropeng.co.za – opened in 2005. The site comprises the Sterkfontein Caves, where about 35% of the world’s hominid fossils have been found. Maropeng means “the place where we come from.” The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site about 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Johannesburg, …

Karoo

The Karoo is a semi desert natural region of South Africa. HeadlinesThe ‘firewalkers’ of Karoo: Dinosaurs and other animals left tracks in a ‘land of fire’Karoo MTB Tour – Ralph Pina Elsewhere on the Webhttp://karoospace.co.za VideosHappy WikipediaKaroo WikipediaKaroo WikipediaKaroo Planeta

This Week: #CoP17

September 24-October 5The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hashtags: #COP17 #CITESCOP17 This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but it will the first held …

CapeTown7s

Cape Town, South AfricaDecember 13-15 http://www.capetown7s.com: the Mother City will once again host over 115,000 rugby fans from all over the world as the Cape Town leg of the International HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series comes to South Africa. The world’s fittest and fastest rugby players will entertain capacity crowds as they fight for glory, …