South Africa's topography is dominated by dramatic transitions, such as the continent-spanning cliffs of the Great Escarpment encircling the flat plains of the Karoo desert. View, and download in high resolution, a new satellite image of this dramatic feature.
A new species of hominid, or ape-man, has been discovered in South Africa's Cradle of Humankind. Represented by two fossil skeletons, the species lived 2-million years ago and could stride and possibly run like a modern human.
• Gallery: SA's new apeman species
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An international group of scientists have decoded the entire genome of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and an indigenous Namibian, and partially decoded three others, in the hope that it will pave the way for personalised medicine in developing nations.
• Tracing the origins of humankind