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Early South African Palaeoanthropologists didn’t Only Find Fossils                        

Humanity, a new human evolution exhibit that opened in September 2023 at Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town, offers a close look at the problematic history of palaeoanthropology; it also attempts to decolonise the story of human origins. To do so, it looks at how human evolution has been portrayed in the past, in ways that reinforce western biases and alienate and dehumanise living Africans. Then it works to remove those biases and make our understanding of human evolution scientifically accurate, broadly relevant and inclusive.

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