• Question: what do you often find when exploring

    Asked by kaiya to Lindsay on 13 May 2015.
    • Photo: K. Lindsay Hunter

      K. Lindsay Hunter answered on 13 May 2015:

      When we’re out exploring caves, we sometimes find in the entrances, animals like porcupines, hyraxes (called “rock rabbits”), or evidence (poop) of others like hyenas. Farther into the cave, you’ll sometimes find thick clouds of bats or just one or two. Since this is Africa and the sediments we’re in are very old, we find lots of fossils, but not often the kind we’re looking for, though they’re ALL amazing. To be honest, though, the thing that you find the MOST in caves is TRASH, particularly in the entrances. The entrances to caves seem to attract an unholy amount of tires, beer bottles, dead animals, and worst of all, dirty baby diapers!

      You never know what you’ll find exploring, and sometimes you don’t even know what you’re looking for until you find it!

      That’s what happened to a friend of mine, Matt Berger, when he was just 9 years old! He was out playing with his dog. He stumbled and fell and there he saw the clavicle (collarbone) of extinct human ancestor in a rock near his face! You can learn more about Matt’s discovery here: http://www.maropeng.co.za/news/entry/the_story_of_the_australopithecus_sediba