Outing to Karoo and Hominid Fossils at Origins at Wits
Lead by Dr Sifelani Jirah
Thu, 05/10/2023 - 13:30
The Origins Centre Car Park at Wits University
Time: 13:30 for 14:00
Meet at: Origins Centre, Wits University. Parking directly in front of the building on Yale Rd.
Duration: Roughly 2 hours.
Charge: Members R60 (limited to 20 members only)
Booking: Please email Anne Raeburn on firstname.lastname@example.org to book
Information about the Outing
In the Karoo fossil vault we will see Therapsids (mammal-like reptiles) and Dinosaurs then in the hominid vault we will see human ancestors (3.67 – 1.8 million years old).
Information about the Tour Guide
Sifelani Jirah was born in Mberengwa, Zimbabwe in 1977. He achieved his BSc at the University of Zimbabwe in 2000. He worked as a Biology teacher and later as a curator of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He later did his BSc(Hons), MSc, and PhD (Palaeontology) on the Middle Permian biodiversity of large herbivores in the South African Karoo Basin at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, while in the employ of the Evolutionary Studies Institute (formerly the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research) where he was a fossil preparator from September 2006 till July 2014. In August 2014 he was appointed Fossil collections manager of the Evolutionary Studies Institute a position he holds to date. He has published 10 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals on various aspects of vertebrate palaeontology as well as stratigraphy of the Middle Permian rocks of the South African Karoo Basin.