A detailed discussion of human evolution places these finds into appropriate context for general-interest readers not already versed in the subject.
Many of the Cradle's most famous caves are considered from an historical perspective, with information provided on early gold-mining activity, quarrying operations, and fossil excavations.
A visit to The Cradle of Humankind or to any of the painted caves of Europe is nothing short of a journey of self-discovery, helping travelers to uncover the deepest origins of the human species.
For readers who aren't actually planning a South African vacation in the near future, but who are still quite interested in human prehistory, Fleminger also provides a wealth of detailed information about the area's caves and the historical significance of local fossil finds to our understanding of human origins.
In a time when the smart money centered on an Asian origin of humanity and the scientific world was still in the grip of the infamous Piltdown hoax, Dart was heavily criticized by his peers.
The site itself consists of a large number of caves, the most important of which are Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, and Kromdraai.
More than 80 full-color photographs highlight the beauty and diversity of the region, its people, and its wildlife. History of the area and the people, the fauna and flora. Listings for travellers of places to go, things to see, and accommodation.
A useful list of relevant references and websites is also provided. Anita Henning, To Go To December 2008 The Cradle of Humankind is a concise guide on this amazing phenomenon - one of the eight World Heritage sites in South Africa.
Facilities have been upgraded and the new museum is excellent.
I have visited Sterkfontein several times and it never gets old." Journal of Speleon History Jan/Feb 2009 Among the most famous archaeological sites in the world are the many fossil-bearing dolomite caves of South Africa.