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Cradle fossil named 'Karabo'

2010-05-31 21:53

Johannesburg - A recently discovered juvenile hominid skeleton, of the new Australopithecus Sediba species, was given the name "Karabo" on Monday.

The name was announced during the 7th annual Standard Bank Past (Palaeontological Science Trust) key lecture delivered by Professor Lee Berger, whose 9-year-old son, Matthew, made the first discovery of the historic fossil - the Australopithecus Sediba.

The name Karabo, which means "answer" in Setswana, was submitted by 17-year-old pupil, Omphemetse Keepile.

The pupil at St Mary's school in Waverley, Johannesburg, was named the winner of the naming competition, entered by 15 000 pupils and students from schools and universities across South Africa.

Karabo is a 1.95 million year old partial hominid skeleton, who would have been between 9 and 13 years old when he died.

A second partial skeleton of an adult woman was also found in the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg.