Motion graphic: Mrs Ples

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Many fossils of this species, which are considered to be the distant relatives of all humankind, have been found in the Sterkfontein area, in what has been designated the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, which is situated approximately 70 kilometres southwest of Pretoria.

Mrs Ples was discovered by Robert Broom and John T. Robinson on 18 April 1947. The cranial capacity is about 485 cubic centimeters.

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