The KZN Museum Natural Science Department recently hosted Dr Christian Kammerer, Curator of Palaeontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, USA. The paleontology collection of the KZN Museum is important for its focus on the fossil record of KwaZulu-Natal, which is one of the most understudied fossil-bearing provinces in South Africa. When Matabaro Ziganira, who takes care of this collection at the KZN Museum, asked Dr Kammerer how he found out about the collection, he indicated that another Palaeontologist who visited the collection in 2018, told him about the particular therapsid holotype specimens; so he was encouraged to come to see them for himself. One of the earliest really good bodies of evidence for macroevolution came from the therapsid record of the Karoo Basin. Because South African rocks preserve nearly 30 million years of continuous deposition (from the middle Permian through middle Triassic, with additional late Triassic rocks in the Stormberg Group), they preserve in exquisite detail the changes in the therapsid faunas during that time. All these invaluable contributions from specialist researchers usually add tremendous value to our collections and certainly an attraction for KZN Museum as a global research destination.

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In November 2019, Justine Wintjes organized a field trip to the town of Moyeni in the Quthing district of Lesotho, with the participation of Ghilraen Laue, rock art researcher and curator in the Department of Human Sciences at KZNM, Anton Coetzee, PhD candidate in History of Art at Wits University, and TelangSekotlo, registered tour guide and rock art custodian in Lesotho. The aim of the field trip was to locate rock art sites in the Quthing area that had been previously recorded by German rock art researchers Elisabeth Mannsfeld, Agnes Schulz and Maria Weyersberg of the Frobenius expedition in 1928 as well as the research project ‘Analysis of Rock Art in Lesotho’ (ARAL) directed by Lucas Smits of the National University of Lesotho in the 1970s and 1980s. There are a number of rock art sites near to and entangled in the urban fabric of Moyeni, including several intriguing panels by the Phuthi artist Masitise commissioned by Marion Walsham How on the side of the house she and her husband were living in at the time.

TelangSekotloTselisoMandoro, Ghilraen Laue and Anton Coetzee examining rock paintings painted on the sandstone walls of the former British Residency, currently occupied by the Lesotho National Security Service, in the town of Moyeni. Photo by Justine Wintjes (2019).

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The KwaZulu-Natal Museum will be commemorating 16 Days of Activism Campaign for NO violence against women and children. This global campaign aims to raise awareness about the devastating impact of violence against women and children and celebrate the victories of human rights.

The sixteen days will be commemorated from today November to the 10 December where awareness will be achieved through the form of displays and distribution of white ribbons to people who visit the museum. White ribbons symbolise peace and a pledge against abuse women and children. Red ribbons will be distributed on the weekend, to commemorate World Aids Day.

On Friday, 29 November the Museum will be hosting children from Lily of the Valley Orphanage, there will be a talk Life Line and Community Media Trust.

#16days #kznmuseum #countmein

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The KZN Museum’s education staff will be visiting the Cradle of Humankind this week with a view to improving their understanding of the topic of Evolution. They will be visiting the Education Centre at Maropeng as well as the Sterkfontein Caves.

The Cradle of Humankind is an area in South Africa where many fossils, tools, and other traces of early humans have been found. These traces provide valuable information about human evolution. The region is called the Cradle of Humankind. Maropeng, which is a Setswana word meaning 'returning to the place of our origins', takes visitors on a fun and informative journey of discovery using spectacular methods to tell stories of the evolution of life and the origins of humankind. Some of the earliest ancestors of modern humans were born there.

The KZN Museum is a natural and cultural history museum that offers a wide variety of talks, lectures, and tours that aligns with the school curriculum. Human evolution features in the grade 12 syllabus.

#KZNMuseum #EducationTeam #Evolution  #Maropeng #CradleofHumankind

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Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 15:30 
Saturdays - Closed 
Sundays - Closed


Adults (over 17 years) : R10.00

Children (4-17 years) : R 2.50 

School Learners on tour : R 1.50 per child

Pensioners & toddlers : FREE