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Study: Humans in South Africa thrived during Toba super-volcanic eruption

Study: Humans in South Africa thrived during Toba super-volcanic eruption

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March 12 (UPI) -- The Toba super-volcanic eruption that occurred 74,000 years ago significantly altered Earth's atmosphere and ecosystems around the planet, yielding hardship for most species, including humans.But new research suggests that hunter-gatherers living on the coast of Southern Africa thrived in the wake of the massive eruption.When Mount Toba, located in Indonesia, erupted some 74,000 years ago, the volcano spewed rock, gas and tiny glass fragments called cryptotephra into the atmosphere. These hook-shaped glass particles, identifiable under a microscope, spread across the globe.While analyzing sediment from an archaeological site called Pinnacle Point near the town of Mossel Bay, South Africa, scientists found a shard of Toba glass. When formed, cryptotephra trap a chemical si...
South Africa Zuma: Gupta family home raided by police

South Africa Zuma: Gupta family home raided by police

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South Africa's elite police unit have raided the home of the controversial Gupta family as the investigation into so-called state capture continues.Three arrests have been made, including one Gupta brother, local media report. Police say two other people are expected to hand themselves in.The Gupta family have been accused using their friendship with President Jacob Zuma to wield enormous political influence for their business interests.They all deny the allegations.Africa Live: For all the latest on the Guptas and Zuma, as it happensThe raid on the Gupta's walled compound in Johannesburg comes as Mr Zuma faces increased pressure to resign, in part because of links to the Guptas.He is expected to respond later today to a formal request from the African National Congress (ANC) to step down....
Lion poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

Lion poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

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Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A pride of lions attacked and ate a suspected lion poacher in South Africa, police said Monday.The mostly-eaten body of the man was found in the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve over the weekend. The identity of the man has not been determined, but police found a hunting rifle near his remains, leading them to believe he was a poacher."We are still trying all other means, including the Home Affairs Department, to get his history, which may lead us to his residential place," said Police Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, according to Sowetan Live.He added: "The process of identifying the deceased has already commenced and it might be made possible by the fact that his head is amongst the remains that were found at the scene."According to the BBC, lion body parts body parts ...
Lions reportedly devour suspected poacher in South Africa

Lions reportedly devour suspected poacher in South Africa

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South African police are trying to identify a suspected poacher who was reportedly killed and partially devoured by lions in a private game reserve near the Kruger National Park. The man’s mauled remains, including his head, were reportedly found today alongside a hunting rifle and ammunition. "The process of identifying the deceased has already commenced and it might be made possible by the fact that his head is amongst the remains that were found at the scene,” South African Police Service spokesman Lt. Col. Moatshe Ngoepe told the country’s News24. Ngoepe added: “We are now waiting for a person from the family but we are also utilizing our investigative resources to see if we can successfully identify the deceased." Ngoepe told Agence France-Presse news agency: “It seems the victim
Fossil found in Israel suggests Homo sapiens left Africa 180,000 years ago

Fossil found in Israel suggests Homo sapiens left Africa 180,000 years ago

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Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Scientists believe an ancient human jawbone found in Israel belonged to a Homo sapien. The fossil, dated between 177,000 and 194,000 years old, suggests humans left Africa 50,000 years earlier than previously thought.Last year, scientists found a 300,000-year-old Homo sapien fossil in Morocco. Previously, scientists thought Homo sapiens first emerged 200,000 years ago in East Africa.Until recently, scientists thought modern humans left Africa in a mass exodus around 60,000 years ago, spreading out across Eurasia. Over the last decade, scientists have uncovered evidence that suggests the mass exodus was preceded by earlier, smaller migrations out of Africa, some as far back as 120,000 years ago.The latest discovery -- detailed this week in the journal Science Advances -- pu...