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Origin Africa. Safaris in Deep Time

Book Launch, Public Event

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This book takes us on a journey of portraying our continent of origin, as well as our human origins from a broadly scientific perspective. This entails retrievals from deeply prehistoric sources i.e. “Deep Time”. Such impersonal and distant vistas are leavened with a sprinkling of personal anecdotes and contemporary happenings that attempt to illustrate how we, a new, novice species, occupy an ancient but hugely dynamic world and continent. We are but a part of the fabric of our continent. The African continent and its peoples have had too long a history of misrepresentation and abuse of its very humanity. This book seeks a different and truer portrait of the continent and its peoples. It ends with pleas for a reordering of the rapidly growing knowledge of natural processes – that process, not profits, should be the guiding principle of policies.

Biography: Jonathan Kingdon is one of Africa’s greatest zoological artists, he is also one of zoology’s leading authorities on African mammals. Born in Tabora, Tanzania in 1935 he became a teacher at the University of East Africa at Makerere, Kampala, then at Oxford with periodic visiting professorships to Japan, USA and Australia.  Primarily an author in the fields of evolutionary biology, anthropology and biogeography, he has written numerous books, mainly on the evolution of humans and other animals in Africa. He is well-known for his magnum opus, East African Mammals. An Atlas of evolution in Africa. Kingdon is also an artist in many media and in both 2D and 3D; he bridges both arts and sciences.

Jonathan Kingdon will be in discussion with Prof. Michael Cherry from the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University.

For more information, contact Ms Nel-Mari Loock at 021 808 2652 or [email protected]

Date and time

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

17:00 – 18:30​

All times are in SAST (UTC+2)


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STIAS, Marais Road, Mostertsdrift

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